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Office for Food and Nutrition Programs

Sharing Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Information

To:Child Care Center and Family Day Care Sponsors of Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
From:Kathleen C. Millett, Executive Director
Office for Nutrition, Health and Safety
Date:November 9, 2009


All CACFP Child Care Center and Family Day Care sponsors are required to share information about the importance and benefits of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) including the income eligibility guidelines with the parents of enrolled children.

WIC is a free nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. WIC is for all kinds of families: married and single parents, working or not working. If you are a father, mother, grandparent, foster parent or other legal guardian of a child under 5, you can apply for WIC for your child.

To apply for WIC, call 1-800-WIC-1007

You can participate in WIC if you:

  • Live in Massachusetts
  • Have a nutritional need (WIC staff can help you determine this)
  • Are a child under 5, a new mom, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman
  • Have a family income less than WIC guidelines (shown below)

WIC Income Guidelines
Household SizeYearlyMonthlyBi-WeeklyWeekly
8$68,469$5,706 $2,634$1,317
For each
family member

If you are pregnant, you should count yourself as two.

The complete WIC guidelines can be found at the site

In compliance with USDA regulations Family Day Care and Child Care Center sponsors must send an annual report about how the WIC information was shared with the parents of all enrolled children. The report on the distribution of the WIC information should be emailed by March 1, 2010 to Anne Marie Mc Donald at Please indicate your sponsor name and agreement number in the subject line followed by "WIC Report".

If you have any questions about this requirement and report, please call 781-338-6492

Last Updated: November 18, 2009
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