Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I apply for WIC services?

That’s easy. Fill out this form and someone will reach out to you soon.

After we reach out to you and determine you might be eligible, you will need to provide:

  • A form of ID
    • For a woman: a driver’s license, photo ID card, passport or student ID
    • For an infant: birth certificate, crib card or discharge paperwork
    • For a child: birth certificate, crib card or passport
  • Proof of all sources of income for everyone living in the household
    • Pay stubs for the last 30 days
    • Unemployment letter
    • Child support
    • Income tax return for self-employed persons only
  • ACCESS card (if applicable)
  • Proof of Pennsylvania residency
    • Document with name and current address such as driver’s license, utility bill or recent mail
  • Immunization record for all children younger than 2
    • Baby book or health passport, if available
  • Proof of pregnancy stating due date (if applicable)
How do I qualify for PA WIC?

PA WIC serves Pennsylvania residents who are:

  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women, for up to one year postpartum
  • Women up to six months postpartum, who are not breastfeeding
  • Infants and children younger than 5, including foster children

To be eligible for WIC services, residents must also meet WIC income guidelines, which is 185% of the poverty level set by the federal government and is based on household size. They must also have a nutritional risk, which is determined at your first WIC appointment. There are many qualifying risks, such as: anemia, underweight, overweight, premature baby and pregnancy complications.

What is the eWIC card?

The eWIC card has nutritious food loaded just for you by your nutritionist.

To make the most of your eWIC card, you should:

  • Know your benefit balance. The best way to know your balance is to keep your last receipt.
  • Protect your card by keeping it safe and not giving your PIN to anyone other than your trained WIC proxy.
  • Not throw your eWIC card away after you have used all your benefits. Your card may be reloaded.
  • When buying food:
    • Tell the cashier you are using an eWIC card before any foods are scanned.
    • insert your card into the card reader and follow the directions. The system will ask you to enter your PIN.
  • Immediately report to your local WIC office if your card is lost or stolen or does not work at the store.
What is the Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP)?

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) allows you to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables at local farmers’ markets between June 1 and November 30. You can find a food list specific to FMNP here.

What is SNAP?

SNAP is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that supports you to buy food. It is open to PA residents who are 18+. It annually serves 1.8 million individuals in PA. To learn more and apply for SNAP, visit

How do SNAP benefits work?

SNAP benefits are placed in an electronic account that only the recipient can use. This system is called Electronic Benefits Transfer, or EBT. The eligible household receives the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS card, which allows withdrawals for food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets. The store uses the EBT ACCESS card to electronically subtract purchases from the SNAP account. The eligible household can only spend the amount that is in the account. This is not a credit card.

What are the income eligibility requirements for SNAP?

To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits. We will review the income limits with you as part of the pre-screening process.

Call 1-833-834-2900 for assistance or complete the online referral form and we will follow up with you shortly.

SNAP households may receive deductions from their gross income for things like housing costs, child or dependent care payments, and medical expenses more than $35 for older adults or people with disabilities.

What should I do if I need food right away?
How do I find WIC clinics near me?

To find your closest WIC clinic, visit our locations page. Click the county in which you live.

If you don’t see your PA county listed, you may search by ZIP code here.

What are food lists?

Food lists help you to know what you can and cannot buy with WIC. When you shop, use the WIC Shopper app to know which items are approved.

Find the WIC Shopper app on Android.

Check out the most recent food lists here.

What are benefits to breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding lowers your baby’s risk of infections and disease, plus provides essential nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong. For moms, breastfeeding may help you to recover more quickly after birth and reduce your risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.

Moms who choose to breastfeed while on WIC receive support from our peer counselors and an enhanced food package.

Who can I contact for breastfeeding questions or concerns?

The Tapestry of Health WIC Program includes breastfeeding education and support from experienced Breastfeeding Peer Counselors. To contact your WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor go to Breastfeeding & Nutrition Tips

How can I make a WIC appointment?

If you are currently on WIC, please log in to our user portal to make an appointment.

If you want to apply for WIC, please apply here.

My child is 5 years old. Can I still be on WIC?

Yes! WIC serves families with children up to 5 years old.

If you child is older than 5, you may consider SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that supports you to buy food. To learn more and apply for SNAP, visit

What is Tapestry of Health WIC?

Tapestry of Health WIC Programs serve over 12,000 participants monthly in 11 PA counties. Learn more about us here.

I have another question. May I contact Tapestry of Health WIC?

Of course! Please contact us here.