What is WIC?
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and referrals to other health care and social services.
Pregnant women, new moms, infant and children under the age of 5 who live in Washington County can apply for these services.
What services does Maryland WIC provide?
If you are eligible, you will be given electronic benefits to buy foods such as:
- whole grain bread, tortillas, brown rice, and whole wheat pasta
- fruits and vegetables
- dried canned beans and peas
- peanut butter
- cereal, milk, and 100% juice
- eggs, cheese, and yogurt
- baby food and baby cereal
- infant formula
You may only buy foods that are listed in the Maryland WIC Authorized Foods List:
- Basic Prenatal Nutrition
- Tips on feeding a healthy Infant
- Tips on healthy eating for your family
- Tips on picky eating and your toddler
WIC has a Registered Dietician on staff who can help you with concerns / medical issues that may affect how you eat.
WIC has a Certified Lactation Educator on staff who can help you with any breastfeeding questions or concerns. We also have Peer Counselors to support you through your breastfeeding journey.
Health Care and Social Service Referrals
Maryland WIC Hotline:
Who is WIC for?
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)
- Child under the age of five
- You meet the income guidelines
- You have a nutritional need
- 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
Where can I apply?
WIC Office locations in Washington County
947 North Burhans Blvd
Hagerstown, MD 21742
Open M-F with appointments from 8:15am-3:30 pm. Late evening appointments are available on the 3rd Wed of each month.
Hancock Community Center (above the police station)
126 West High Street
Hancock MD 21750
Open on the 1st Thurs of each month with appointments from 8:30am-3:30pm
Contact us today to schedule an appointment
Every attempt is made to accept walk-in appointments
What to Bring
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 for EACH Person)
- Birth Certificate
- Driver’s License or MVA identification
- Social Security Card
- Picture Identification (Government, School, Employment)
Proof of your PHYSICAL address (Bring ONE)
- Driver’s License or MVA Identification
- Official Bill or Statement
- Copy of Lease
If applicable…please bring
- Proof of pregnancy
- Immunization record (infant or child)
- WIC referral
If you are already enrolled in WIC: Bring proof of identity (for everyone on WIC) OR your WIC ID Folder to all appointments
Tips for using my WIC Benefits
Shopping for WIC Foods
- Remember to only buy foods that are on the WIC Authorized Foods List
- Only shop at WIC approved grocery stores
- How can I find out what my benefit balance is?
- Ask the grocery store to give you a balance inquiry
- Go to our Maryland WIC Portal and create an account
Sign-up for the Maryland WIC Appp
- Scan items to see if they are WIC approved BEFORE getting to the check out
- Get reminders about when your benefits start / end
- Know your benefit balance
- Get information about your next appointment
- Find WIC approved grocery stores outside of our county
- Have easy access to the WIC authorized Foods List
I lost my eWIC card
- Please call 1-844-309-6097 to request a new card.
- Your new card will be mailed to you (it may take 5-7 days for your card to arrive in the mail).
- Please make sure to tell the WIC office if you move so your card gets mailed to the right place.
For Health Care Providers
Click here to find helpful information to assist your patients including:
- MD WIC Medical Documentation Form
- Breastfeeding Materials
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 here, 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.