About the Cecil County WIC Program

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five. The program has an extraordinary 40 plus year record of preventing children’s health problems and improving their long-term health, growth and development. WIC serves over 8 million women, infants and children through over 10,000 clinics nationwide. In 2017, Maryland WIC served over 135,000 women, infants and children each month.

How Do I Know if I Am Eligible?

WIC is for you if

  • You live in Maryland and are a(n)
    • Pregnant woman
    • New mom (up to six months after delivery)
    • Breastfeeding mom (up to one year after delivery)
    • Infant
    • Child under the age of five
  • You meet the income guidelines listed below
  • You have a nutritional need

You Can

  • Have a job or be unemployed
  • Own a home or live with friends or relatives
  • Be married or single
  • Be a father, mother, guardian, or grandparent and apply for benefits for an infant or child under the age of 5

Income Guidelines

Check the income guidelines to see if you qualify for WIC. If your family receives less than the amount listed, you may be eligible. Foster care, Medical Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance and Food Supplement Program clients are income eligible.

For Income Guidelines based on Total Gross Income click here.

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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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.

WIC Pre-screening Tool

WIC Benefits

For Women

Women in the WIC Program eat better and have healthier babies

For Infants

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

For Children

Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, which helps them develop

strong minds and bodies.

WIC participants enjoy benefits such as:

  • Nutrition education
  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Free healthy food and
  • Referral to other health and social agencies

If you are eligible, you will receive nutrition information, breastfeeding support, referrals to other services, and foods such as:

  • whole grain bread, tortillas, and brown rice
  • fruits and vegetables
  • dried canned beans and peas
  • peanut butter
  • cereal, milk, and 100% juice
  • eggs and cheese
  • baby food and baby cereal
  • infant formula

How To Apply For WIC

Give WIC a Call!

Because of the outbreak of Covid-19 (Coronavirus), most WIC clinics in Maryland are temporarily closed to visitors. However, we are available to help you by phone. Call your (410) 996-5255 or 1-800-242-4942 for assistance with your benefits.

Due to increased volume, you may be placed on hold until a representative is available to help you. Please be patient. If you get voicemail, leave a message and a worker will call you back. Please answer your phone when unknown or blocked numbers are calling. You can also email us at MDH.WIC@Maryland.gov.

Call the WIC office at (410) 996-5255 to make an appointment.

Daytime and evening appointments are available

For other WIC Programs in Maryland call the Maryland WIC Hotline 1-800-242-4WIC / 1-800-242-4942.

To set up an appointment to apply for WIC, call the WIC office at (410) 996-5255. You will need to bring each person who is applying for benefits to this first appointment, including infants and all children up to age five. In preparation for your appointment, please bring the following items:

Proof of Household Income (Bring at least ONE)

  • Recent pay stubs, or benefit letter: SSI, Social Security, Unemployment
  • Medical Assistance card
  • Independence Card with register receipt (30 days)
  • Tax Return
Person(s) being certified and proof of identity (Bring ONE below, per person)

  • Birth Certificate
  • Driver’s License or MVA identification
  • Social Security Card
  • Picture Identification (Government, School, Employment)
Proof of your address (Bring ONE)

  • Driver’s License or MVA Identification
  • Official Bill or Statement
  • Copy of Lease
If applicable
  • Proof of pregnancy
  • Immunization record (infant or child)
  • WIC referral

WIC Breastfeeding Services

How does WIC help breastfeeding? A big part of WIC is to help babies have the best start in life. WIC moms are encouraged to breastfeed their babies. Pregnant women and new WIC moms get breastfeeding tips and help. WIC breastfeeding moms also get

  • More foods than moms who do not breastfeed
  • Get WIC longer than non-breastfeeding moms
  • One-to-one support from peer counselors and breastfeeding experts
  • Breast pumps and other supplies as needed

The Maryland WIC Program is committed to helping families have positive, successful breastfeeding experiences.

Breastfeeding is the normal way to feed your baby. Your milk has all the ingredients in the right amounts to give your baby a healthy start. Your milk is always ready and easy to digest… Nursing helps you relax and feel close to your baby. Breastfeeding is a gift only you can give to your child and it provides benefits to your baby that last a lifetime!

The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages mothers to provide only mother’s milk for the first 6 months and to continue to give mother’s milk while giving other family foods for at least 12 months and beyond, as long as desired by both mother and infant/child.

What are some of the health benefits of breastfeeding?

  • Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses, including diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia.
  • Breastfed babies are less likely to develop asthma.
  • Children who are breastfed for six months are less likely to become obese.
  • Breastfeeding reduces the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  • Mothers who breastfeed have a decreased risk of breast and ovarian cancers.

How WIC supports breastfeeding

COVID-19 breastfeeding guidelines

Breastfeeding Support in Cecil County

  • Cecil County WIC Program — (410) 996-5255
    • Breastfeeding Coordinator — Jessica Rosenberger, RD, LD
  • Union Hospital of Cecil County
    • Breastfeeding/Lactation services line- (443) 245-7305
    • Breastfeeding support go to www.uhcc.com for times
    • Prenatal Breastfeeding class – Dates and times vary-call (443) 245-7305 to register
  • Upper Chesapeake Health Breastfeeding Warm Line — (443) 643-2948

More Nutrition Information

For good things to know about nutrition in pregnancy, breastfeeding, infants and children go to the U.S. Government website or go to the Maryland WIC website.