County of Marin Health and Human Services

How Long Can You Get WIC?

Information on Service Adjustments During the COVID-19 Emergency

HHS is the County’s largest department with more than 700 employees who work at many sites throughout Marin. Many HHS offices have reopened with limited staffing to the public. Staff will continue to provide services remotely when possible for safety reasons, and residents in need of HHS services should consider conducting conversations over the phone or email when possible. Please call ahead if you have an appointment or require in-person assistance.

  • Adult Protective Services: (415) 473-2774.
  • Skilled Nursing/Assisted Living Ombudsman: (415) 473-7446.
  • Child Protective Services: (415) 473-7153.
  • Public Assistance Call Center (Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWorks): 1 (877) 410-8817.
  • General Relief: (415) 473-3450.
  • Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Access Line: 1 (888) 818-1115.
  • For information on resources and services specifically for older adults (persons 60+), persons with disabilities and family caregivers, call (415) 57-INFO (415) 457-4636 or email 457-INFO@marincounty.org.
  • HHS created a phone hotline, (415) 473-7191 (CRS 711), and an online contact form, for residents to contact staff with questions or concerns about the virus and about the county and community response. The call center is open from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays, and interpreter services are available.
  • Dial 711 for CA Relay Service (link is external)

 

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  • You can stay in the WIC program, as long as you continue to meet income, medical, and program requirements.

Women

  • Breastfeeding Mothers: You can receive WIC benefits for up to one year after your baby is born.
  • Non-breastfeeding mothers: You can receive WIC benefits for the first six months after your baby is born.

Families

  • You can receive WIC benefits up until the month your child reaches his/her fifth birthday.

Who Gets WIC?

  • WIC helps mothers, infants, and children below the age of five. There are several types of families that qualify for WIC assistance.
  • Women that are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby.
  • Families with children under the age of five. Parents or guardians that are the sole provider including fathers, grandparents, and foster parents.
  • Families that need food assistance and meet income guidelines. Working families may qualify.