WIC (Women Infants & Children)

El Paso County Public Health’s WIC (Women Infants and Children) is here for you with supplemental food assistance, information on healthy eating, breastfeeding support and community referrals. WIC is funded through a federal grant. It supports eligible pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5. Any caregiver can apply for WIC on behalf of eligible children. We are currently serving clients and taking new referrals. Please call 719-578-3199, Option 6 to make an appointment.

Location & Hours

Citizens Service Center
Address: 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road
Colorado Springs, CO, 80907
Phone: (719) 578-3199

Address: 6436 US Highway 85-87
Fountain, CO, 80817
Phone: (719) 578-3199

Valley Hi
Address: 2948 E. Fountain Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80910
Phone: (719) 578-3199

7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Monday through Friday

To qualify for WIC in Colorado, you must meet income requirements, live in the state and be:

  • a pregnant woman;
  • a mom breastfeeding a baby under 1 year of age;
  • a new mom who had a baby or was pregnant in the past 6 months;
  • a baby;
  • or a child younger than 5 years.

What are the income requirements to qualify for WIC?

Guidelines for July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

  • A household with 1 member may earn up to $2,248 gross monthly.
  • A household with 2 members may earn up to $3,041 gross monthly.
  • A household with 3 members may earn up to $3,833 gross monthly.
  • A household with 4 members may earn up to $4,625 gross monthly.
  • A household with 5 members may earn up to $5,418 gross monthly.
  • A household with 6 members may earn up to $6,210 gross monthly.
  • A household with 7 members may earn up to $7,003 gross monthly.
  • A household with 8 members may earn up to $7,795 gross monthly.

Note: For households with more than eight members, or if you have any questions, please call the WIC office.

Can I qualify if I’m not a mom?

WIC welcomes all income-eligible parents and caregivers! If you are a dad, grandparent, foster parent or any caregiver of a child under 5 years of age, you may get WIC for your eligible child.

Do I need to be a citizen of the United States to receive WIC?

Clients must show proof of identity along with proof of residency within Colorado. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for the WIC program. Being on WIC is not considered when applying for changes to legal status, and WIC does not collect information about citizenship or immigration.

To make an appointment, call (719) 578-3199 between 7:45 a.m. and 5 p.m. or fill out our online referral form.

The Story of WIC

Learn More About What WIC Offers

Healthy fruits and vegetables overflowing from a brown paper bag

WIC clients receive benefits on their EBT card for nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, and dried beans or peanut butter. Along with written resources, there’s a convenient app that can help clients grocery shop and get the most out of their benefits.

WIC supplemental foods have shown to provide wide-ranging benefits. They include longer, safer pregnancies, with fewer premature births and infant deaths; improved dietary outcomes for infants and children; improved maternal health; and improved performance at school, among others. In addition to health benefits, WIC participants showed significant savings in healthcare costs when compared to non-participants.

Each WIC client is assigned to a WIC educator, to act as a resource and guide. At education appointments, your WIC educator will cover subjects like:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Healthy eating habits
  • Child development
  • Feeding infants
  • Nutrition
  • Community referrals

Be sure to go to your WIC educator with questions!

WIC can support clients with breast pumps, including through our free hospital-grade pump loan program. Breast pumps can help with breastfeeding in a variety of situations. WIC assesses each situation individually to provide the best resource to active WIC clients.

Class Details

• Free to active WIC participants
• Virtual: English and Spanish
• Closed captioning available

Prenatal Breastfeeding Class Topics

• Getting off to the best start
• Myths and facts
• How the body makes milk
• Latch and positioning
• How to know if baby isn’t getting enough
• Trouble-shooting common concerns
• WIC pumps

WIC has Skilled Lactation Staff

• In-person and virtual assistance
• International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
• Certified Lactation Counselors
• WIC Lactation Management Specialists

1-on-1 Breastfeeding Counseling

• Difficulty latching
• Sore nipples
• Low milk supply
• Mastitis
• Thrush
• Pre-term/NICU
• Supplementation
• Return to work
• Pumping plans
• Pump flange fittings
• Flat/inverted nipples
• Relactation

Prenatal Breastfeeding Support

• Breastfeeding education at all prenatal visits
• Breastfeeding classes
• Peer counselor program
• Healthy foods

Postpartum Breastfeeding Support

• Latch consults
• Individual consults
• Breast pumps
• Peer counselor program
• Expanded healthy food benefit
• Referrals

Meet Your Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

Receive information about breastfeeding and receive answers to your questions by text or phone during your pregnancy or after. Ask your WIC educator to enroll.