Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)

Women, Infants and Children program (WIC) is a federally funded nutrition education program with healthy supplemental foods. The supplemental foods are purchased with eWIC cards at local grocery stores. It is also a referral program for other health agencies. It provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under the age of five.

WIC Benefits Include:

* Better nutrition through healthier foods and access to a staff nutritionist
* Healthier pregnancies
* A large variety of FREE recommended foods
* Breastfeeding counseling and support
* Tips about decreasing obesity among mothers and children
* Referrals to other services including on-site dental exams for babies and children under five
* Give-aways, recipes and promotional items to encourage healthy eating
* Smart shopping advice

WIC supplemental foods are purchased at area grocery stores using WIC vouchers.

Fruits and Veggies

Supplemental foods now available through WIC:

• Infant formula & Infant cereal
• Milk
• Eggs
• Cheese
• 100% fruit or vegetable juice
• Cereal
• Beans, Peas & Lentils
• Canned Fish (tuna, salmon or sardines)
• Fruits and Vegetables (fresh, frozen or canned)
• Soy Beverages
• Tofu

The WIC Authorized Foods List brochure lists the items that will help your baby grow and your child grow stong and be ready to learn. Take the list when shopping.


Mom and baby

  • Be pregnant, be a new mother, or have a child under five years of age.
  • Must meet WIC income guidelines. You are already financially eligible to participate in the Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) if you receive food stamps, medical assistance, temporary cash assitance.
  • WIC may be transferred to or from any U.S. state or territory.


  • Proof of Identity for the Person/Child Being Enrolled (Bring ONE)
    Birth Certificate
    Drivers License or MVA Identification Card
    Social Security Card
    Picture Identification (Government, School, Employment)
  • Proof of Address (Bring ONE)
    Drivers License
    Official Bill or Statement
    Copy of Lease
  • Proof of Household Income
    Recent Pay Stubs or Benefits Letter: SSI, Social Security, Unemployment
    Medical Assistance Card
    Independence Card with Recent Receipt (30 days)
    Tax Return
  • Proof of Pregnancy (If Pregnant)
  • Immunization Record (Infant or Child)
  • WIC Referral Form (If Available)

If you are already enrolled in WIC, bring your WIC ID Folder to all appointments, including check pick-up.  The person to be enrolled must come to the appointment. 

WIC Services Available at the Following Locations:

Columbia Health Center
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, Md. 21045
Telephone Number: 410-313-7510 (voice/relay)
Email: HowardWIC@howardcountymd.gov
Fax Number: 410-313-5719
Hours: 8:00am - 5:00 pm
Monday through Friday

North Laurel Health Center 
9411 Whiskey Bottom Rd
Laurel, MD 20723
Telephone Number: 410-313-0630 (voice/relay)
Fax Number: 410-313-5719 
Hours: 8:00am - 4:30 pm
Monday through Friday

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

More Information and Resources:

Maryland WIC Hotline: 1-800-242-4WIC (4942) 
Maryland WIC
Eatright.org - Academy of Nutrition and Dietitics
Food & Nutrition Information Center - United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Additional questions may be directed by e-mail to askhealth@howardcountymd.gov