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Arkansas WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children within the state, providing food and other benefits to eligible applicants. You can find a WIC office throughout the state as you can apply for and find more information about the program at Local Health Units within the state, satellite clinics and four clinics that are devoted solely to the program.
Before you apply for the WIC program, it is worth reviewing eligibility requirements that must be met in order to receive benefits. This program is only available to certain groups of individuals who meet residency, income and nutrition risk requirements. By learning about qualifications, you may be able to determine whether or not you or your child is eligible for benefits. After reviewing WIC eligibility, it is strongly recommended that you prepare for your appointment at your local office by reviewing the documents that you will need to provide the office during your visit.
WIC qualifications must be met before benefits can be issued. As stated previously, benefits from WIC can only be provided to a select group of individuals who meet additional eligibility requirements. These individuals include:
Further Arkansas WIC eligibility requirements include:
If a WIC office in a particular county has a shortage of funds or too many individuals are currently receiving benefits, the county may temporarily adopt a waiting list or priority list. Should this happen, benefits will first be provided to individuals who are made a “priority” such as those with a medical condition that is unrelated to a dietary condition.
For further details on Arkansas WIC requirements, download our guide.
If you would like to submit a WIC application in Arkansas, you will need to call your local office or clinic in order to schedule an appointment as walk-ins are not generally accepted. Furthermore, WIC online applications are not currently available within the state. During your appointment, your eligibility will be determined and you will be provided with further information about the program. Therefore, it is important to learn more about how to apply for WIC in AR including what to expect during your appointment and the documentation that you will need to bring with you.
The Arkansas WIC program provides numerous benefits to eligible participants. WIC benefits include, but are not limited to:
While WIC benefits can be used to purchase food items, they do not work the same way that food stamps do, as you can only acquire items that are on your approved food list. Commonly approved items include, but are not limited to:
Get more information on the types of food you can buy with Arkansas WIC benefits by downloading our comprehensive guide.
You can only submit a WIC application in person and, generally, only by appointment. Due to the fact that your eligibility for the program will be determined during your appointment, it is imperative that you bring any of your children that you are applying for benefits for as well as documentation that will be needed to verify your eligibility.
When applying for WIC in AR, you must be able to provide:
Your WIC application could be denied if you do not have the appropriate documentation or if you do not bring any children that you are applying for.
WIC benefits in Arkansas are distributed through an eWIC card, which will be distributed to you once you are approved for benefits. Benefits are provided on the same date each month and any remaining benefits will expire on the last day of the month. You can utilize your eWIC card in a similar fashion to a debit card, but only authorized foods in your purchase will be paid for. Should you have other items in your purchase, you will be given the opportunity to use another means of payment for those items after approved items have been deducted from your purchase.
You can check your WIC balance by contacting the phone number that is listed on the card. Alternatively, after making a purchase, the cashier will provide you with a receipt that will provide you with a balance of your benefits that can still be used in another purchase.