Low-income families can get help putting healthy food on their tables through the Transylvania County WIC Program.

Because good nutrition is so important for young children—even before birth—WIC helps families make healthy eating choices, stretch their grocery budgets and find other community resources to meet the nutritional needs of women who are pregnant, recently gave birth or are breastfeeding, as well as infants and children up to age 5.

Eligible families can receive vouchers for fruits and vegetables; dairy sources such as milk, cheese, tofu and yogurt; juice; whole-grain cereal, bread, brown rice and tortillas; protein sources such as eggs, peanut butter, beans, peas and lentils; and infant formula.

But WIC participants get more than just food. They also receive one-on-one education and counseling with a nutrition professional that help families learn how to buy and use healthier foods, as well as support with breastfeeding and even healthcare referrals.

“WIC is so much more than people realize,” said WIC Director Beth Hyatt. “The nutrition education and healthy foods that WIC provides really give children a healthy start in life, which is so important.”

WIC Income Guidelines

(effective June 1, 2015 )

Family Size

Annual Income

Monthly Income


$21,775 $1,815


$29,471 $2,456


$37,167 $3,098


$44,863 $3,739
5 $52,559


Statewide, WIC serves an average of 270,000 participants each month, and studies show that WIC works. Good nutrition reduces the risk for health problems and problems in school. Children who participate in WIC are more likely to receive regular preventive health services and are better immunized than children who did not participate in WIC. For pregnant women, WIC participation decreases the incidence of low birth weight and pre-term births.

To be eligible for WIC, families must live in N.C. and meet income guidelines. All Medicaid, SNAP and Work First recipients meet the income criteria.

Women, infants and children receive a nutritional assessment to identify problems such as anemia, poor weight gain, increased weight gain, physical activity level, or other nutrition-related health concerns.

The Transylvania County WIC Program is part of Transylvania County Department of Public Health. It is located on the third floor of the Human Services Building at 98 E. Morgan St. in downtown Brevard. For more information and to find out if your family is eligible for WIC benefits, call (828) 884-3242.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider and employer.