• Affiliated With

    • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
    • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
    • Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program

Welcome to the Cambridge / Somerville WIC Program.

Mother holding her daughter

Good Food and a Whole Lot More

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program offers support for families, pregnant women, infants and new moms.


What is WIC?


WIC is a FREE nutrition program that helps families with children under five get healthy food and learn how to eat well. It also supports pregnant women, infants and new moms. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children and is FREE to Massachusetts families who qualify. Call us at 617-575-5330 to see if we can help you.

About the Cambridge/Somerville WIC Program:
We help ALL families living in Massachusetts

The WIC program provides:

  • Healthy foods for pregnant women, infants and children
  • Counseling with trained nutritionists
  • Health education
  • Breastfeeding support and counseling
  • Referrals to health care and social services
  • Workshops
  • Online nutrition education

About the Cambridge/Somerville WIC Program:


We help ALL families living in Massachusetts

The WIC program provides:
  • Healthy foods for pregnant women, infants and children
  • Counseling with trained nutritionists
  • Health education
  • Breastfeeding support and counseling
  • Referrals to health care and social services
  • Workshops
  • Online nutrition education


Who Can Get WIC?

WIC is for pregnant women and every kind of family. If you’re a mother, father, grandparent, foster parent or legal guardian of a child or children under 5, you can apply for WIC support. Many families can get the support they need from WIC to keep their family healthy and eating well. Call us at (617) 575-5330 to find out if you’re eligible.

You Can Apply for WIC If You:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Receive TAFDC, SNAP or certain Mass Health (Medicaid)
  • Meet the WIC income guidelines (see the chart below to see if your income allows you to be eligible). If you receive benefits from TAFDC, SNAP or certain Mass Health (Medicaid) programs, you are automatically income eligible.
Income guidelines for WIC 2017 / 2018

How to Apply

The first step is to call us at 617-575-5330 to see if you’re eligible. Our staff will help answer your questions and get important information to help you apply.

When you come to the WIC office for your first appointment, please bring:

  • Proof you live in Massachusetts. This can be a bill, a letter that you received in the mail, your lease, a rent receipt from your landlord, a bank statement, your driver’s license or another identification card.
  • Proof that you are who you are. This can be a driver’s license, birth certificate or social security card.
  • Proof of your total family income (unless you already receive benefits from TAFDC, SNAP, or certain Mass Health (Medicaid) programs.) This includes all the income for everyone living in your home. This can be a recent pay-stub(s) within 30 days of the appointment. Please ask program staff about other options when you call.
  • Please bring the person who will be enrolled in the program with you to your appointments. For example, your child.

Our Locations

Arlington WIC:
7 Central Street, Suite 160
Arlington, MA 02476
Open: Tue. 10am - 6:30pm (closed 2nd Tues. of the month)
781-646-2032

Bedford WIC: (military personnel only)
Building 1540
188 Marrett Street
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
Open: 1st and 3rd Wed. 8:30am - 3:45pm
781-862-1420

Cambridge WIC:
119 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Open: Mon. 11am - 7:30pm; Tue. 10am - 6:30pm; Thu. 8:30am - 5pm; 1st Sat. of the month 8am - 4pm
617-665-3750

North Cambridge WIC:
266 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Open: Wed. 8:30am - 5pm (closed last Wed. of the month); Fri. 8am - 4:30pm
617-575-3750

Somerville WIC:
366 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02145
Open: Mon. 11am - 7:30pm; Tue. 10am - 6:30pm; Wed. & Thu. 8:30am - 5pm (closed last Wed. of the month); Fri. 8am - 4:30pm; 1st Sat. of the month 8am - 4pm
617-575-5330

Watertown WIC:
The Church of the Good Shepherd
9 Russell Avenue, lower level
Watertown, MA 02472
Open: Friday 8am - 4:30pm
857-523-2797

Can Men Get WIC Services?

  

Dad, son, and Mom smilingMen are welcome at WIC. Fathers, grandparents, stepparents and other guardians play an important role in raising children. Male caregivers are invited to enroll their children and bring them to appointments, attend programs and benefit from WIC services.

Effectiveness of WIC

Women

WIC produces positive prenatal and birth outcomes. Women on WIC eat better, have healthier babies, and receive early prenatal care.

Infants

Infants born to WIC mothers weigh more and grow and develop better.

Children

Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, which helps them to develop strong minds and bodies. They are more likely to have regular medical care and to receive their immunizations.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    Contact Us

  • CHA WIC

    Offices in Arlington, Bedford (military only), Cambridge, Somerville and Watertown P: 617-575-5330