How to apply for Oklahoma WIC
View the steps to apply for the Oklahoma WIC program. The Oklahoma State Department of Health administrates WIC in the state including the application process. View the steps below to see if you qualify, and if so, what you need to do to apply. If you still have questions or issues about the application process, you can contact the Oklahoma WIC office for assistance.
Before you start the Oklahoma WIC application process, you can use the online prescreening tool to see if you qualify. Please note, this tool is not considered an application. You will still need to follow the application process for this state. It takes about 15 minutes to complete the prescreening tool.
What does the WIC program offer
For qualified participants, the Oklahoma WIC program provides the following services:
- Wholesome Foods
- Nutrition Education
- Breastfeeding Support
- Healthcare and Social Service Referrals
Documented benefits you may receive from the OK WIC program are:
- Pregnant women who participate in WIC receive prenatal care earlier
- Children who participate in WIC are more likely to have a regular source of medical care and are less likely to be anemic
- Each WIC participant receives at least one referral to a healthcare or social service program
- Moms who participate in WIC are more likely to choose breastfeeding
- WIC increases the duration of pregnancy and positively impacts babies weights prenatally
Oklahoma WIC Eligibility
The following people are eligible to apply for OK WIC benefits:
- Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or post-partum
- Children up to the age of 5
You may qualify for the Oklahoma WIC program if you:
- Live in the state of Oklahoma
- Have a family income within program limits. View the Oklahoma WIC Income Guidelines
- If you receive Medicaid, SNAP or TANF, you are automatically eligible for WIC benefits
Applying for WIC in Oklahoma
To start the application process for OK WIC benefits you need to call 888-655-2942 to set up an appointment with your local WIC clinic. You will need to provide proof of identification, household income, and address at your appointment.
What you need for your appointment
You need to being the following information with you to your appointment:
- Home address
Expect the following at your appointment:
- Health Assessment
- Dietary Evaluation
- Nutrition and Breastfeeding Education
- Nutrition Counseling
- Food Benefits
- Referral for Additional Health Care, as needed
How long can I be on WIC?
Oklahoma WIC is considered to be a short-term program. A person receiving benefits "graduates" once their certification period ends. The certification period is the length of time a person is eligible to receive OK WIC benefits. Depending on the applicant's condition, either pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, or an infant/child, an eligible person will usually receive these benefits for up to 6 months to a year. Once they have reached the end of that time, they must apply for Oklahoma WIC again if they want to continue using it.
WIC waiting list
In some cases, if the state agency does not have enough money to serve everyone who needs WIC, they must keep a list called a waiting list. This contains a list of individuals who want to apply for the Oklahoma WIC program and are likely to be served. The state agency will then use a special system, called a Priority System, that will allow them to determine who is eligible to receive OK WIC benefits next once more people can be served.
The reason for this priority system is to make sure that services and benefits are available right away to participants who need it most, which are people with serious health conditions such as anemia (low blood levels), history of pregnancy problems or being underweight.
Planning to move
Anyone currently on Oklahoma WIC that is planning to move, including out of state, can continue receiving WIC benefits until their certification period expires. In order to do that, they must provide proof that they are receiving benefits when they move to their new location. In most cases the staff will provide you with a special card called the Verification of Certification Card (VOC).
To obtain proof, contact your current OK WIC clinic to let them know your plans. When you move, you will need to call your local WIC clinic near your new location and schedule an appointment so you can show them the proof. Make sure to take the special card with you to the appointment to show proof.