ATTENTION WIC FAMILIES! Join us at our new location 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08638. For more information, please call 609-498-7755.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
New Jersey WIC Services provides supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five. WIC services include nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, immunization screening and health care referrals. Enrollment is open to all eligible applicants. More information is available here: NJ Gov WIC.
Monday,Tuesday,Thursday and Friday: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Third or fourth Saturday by appointment only: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
CHSofNJ, South Clinton 635 South Clinton Avenue, Trenton, NJ 08611 | Phone: (609) 498-7755
Second or Third Saturday by appointment only: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
**This schedule is subject to change. The Children’s Home Society of New Jersey and the Mercer County WIC Program are equal opportunity provider.
All WIC services are provided virtually and by phone: Certification, Recertification, Mid-certification, Breastfeeding assessment/counselling/education, Nutrition assessment/education, along with necessary available resources for our families. Participants should expect to get about 3 phone calls during theprocess. Please be patient and please answer. The phone numbers will not say WICas these are temporary cell phone given to the WIC staff for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.Participants are given the option of picking up checks at our office or having them mailed to their homes. In September 2021, funds will be issued electronically.
What’s needed for Certification/Recertification: Proof of Income, proof of address/residency, proof of identification, and proof of pregnancy (if applicable) and the recent height and weight of each participant.
A certification period is the time when you are eligible to get WIC benefits. When your certification period ends, you will need to recertify. For recertification appointments, you will need to bring everything under the “What Do I Need to Bring to My WIC Appointment?” section again.
Pregnant women can apply for the WIC Program at any time during their pregnancy. They must recertify after they have their baby. Breastfeeding women can stay on WIC until their infant’s first birthday (they will recertify when the infant turns 6 months old). Non-breastfeeding women or women who stop breastfeeding receive benefits up to 6 months after baby is born. Infants and children are certified for 6 months and must be recertified every 6 months up to 5 years of age.
Your Authorized Foods List names all the types, sizes and brands of WIC foods we allow. Notice that it lists specific juices, cheeses, and cereals. These are the only ones allowed. Each check tells you exactly what size and type of food to buy with that check. You cannot choose different sizes or types. NOTE: Spend each check within its valid dates. Expired checks are not replaced! You can view a list here: NJ Gov WIC Program Information
A list of authorized vendors per county can be found here: NJ Gov WIC authorized vendors.
Click here for a list of Mercer County Farmer Markets that accept WIC checks.
WIC encourages women to breastfeed their babies for the best infant nutrition and a healthy start! Our Breastfeeding staff is here to help! If you choose to formula feed, WIC provides only iron- fortified formula until your baby is 1 year old. WIC is a supplemental program, and does not provide all of the food you will need for the entire month. Your baby’s WIC checks will allow you to buy only the brands approved by the State WIC Office. You cannot exchange WIC approved formula for another brand at the store.
If the Authorized Representative signs a form designating an Alternate Authorized Representative, the other parent or a legal guardian may represent an infant or child at a recertification. An Alternate must be at least 18. This Alternate can serve as a Proxy too. If the Authorized Representative wants only a Proxy, they can choose anyone over the age of 16 just to pick up checks or cash them at the store.
Ask the WIC representative about choosing an Alternate Authorized Representative or a Proxy. An Alternate and a Proxy must know what foods are allowed and how to cash the checks.
Lost checks are not replaced, so please keep them in a safe and secure place. Call the WIC office to report a lost or damaged ID or stolen checks. Stolen checks may be replaced if you provide a police report. WIC ID folders can always be replaced if you bring in a proof of ID.
you stop breastfeeding and your baby is 6 months or older
your family income exceeds WIC limits
you do not recertify after your current eligibility period expires
You may be disqualified (terminated) if you:
enroll in more than 1 WIC program or clinic at the same time, including those in Pennsylvania, New York, or Delaware
give false information about your income, family size, residence, etc.
steal WIC checks
physically or verbally abuse or threaten a WIC staff or store employee
use WIC checks to buy foods that are not authorized
sell WIC checks or WIC food to others
take cash or credit for WIC checks instead of buying authorized foods;
spend or try to spend checks you reported as lost or stolen;
make any changes on your checks, like alter the date or food amount
exchange WIC formula or food for other brands
spend checks before or after the dates listed on them
let someone other than your Proxy or Alternate Authorized Representative use your checks or WIC ID
spend your checks at a store that is not authorized to cash your checks
These actions can result in either a warning letter or disqualification. If you are disqualified, you will not be allowed to reapply until the disqualification period expires. You may have to pay back benefits you were not supposed to receive.
If you are denied benefits or are disqualified, you may ask for a Fair Hearing within 60 days of notification. You or your representative may call, write, or visit the WIC office to request a Fair Hearing.
Participants have the option of uploading their documents to the Participant Portal.
Access the WIC Participant Portal at:https://wic.nj.gov/participantportal: The participant portal is a secure link created by the State of New Jersey WIC program to provide easy access for participants to contact the local WIC agencies and upload their documents. Participants may choose to create their own WIC Portal. This will give them access to review the date and time of their next WIC appointments and what documentation will be needed.Participants may also view account information, update information, add information (about, for example, a newborn baby or information for a temporary proxy).Uploading All required documents before appointment will assist in determining eligibility and expedite the intake process.
For immediate breastfeeding service contact PC at (609) 477-9565 (English/Polish) or (609) 414-3322(English/Spanish)Wicbreastfeeding@chsofnj.org :For general information (609) 731-0489 or (609) 610-0338 (English/Spanish) or(609) 731-9096 (English only).