Low-Income Resources in Idaho
Use the following resources to determine if you qualify to receive financial assistance from a variety of programs that operate throughout the state of Idaho. Please contact us if you find any information missing or outdated.
Women, Infants, and Children
WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children that helps families by providing financial assistance to purchase healthy supplemental foods from WIC authorized vendors.
WIC also provides nutrition education, breastfeeding information and support as well as assisting in finding healthcare and other community services.
Phone Number: 1-866-347-5484
The Idaho Food Stamp Program
The Idaho Food Stamp Program helps low-income families buy the food they need in order to stay healthy. An eligible family receives an Idaho Quest Card, which is used in card scanners at the grocery store. The card uses money from a Food Stamp account set up for the eligible family to pay for food items.
Phone Number: 1-877-456-1233
Idaho Child Care Program
The Idaho Child Care Program (ICCP) provides childcare assistance to low-income, working for families by paying for a portion of childcare. This program is for parents who work, attend school, or participate in approved activities to help prevent children from being placed in foster care. The program pays for part of the childcare costs for eligible households, and parents also pay for a portion (called a co-pay).
The parent’s share is based on the size of the family and the amount of their income. The Department also licenses childcare providers and is working with community partners on a professional development system to improve childcare services in Idaho.
The Head Start Program
Head Start is a comprehensive "whole child", family-focused preschool program designed to help low-income and at-risk 3 and 4-year-old children and their families succeed in school and life.
National School Lunch Breakfast Program
The School Meals Programs are federally assisted meal programs operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential childcare institutions. They provide nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free meals or snacks to children each school day.
Idaho Coordinator: Lynn Westphal
Additional Community Action Programs In Idaho
Contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for more information regarding the following programs:
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - provides food baskets to eligible households.
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - helps eligible low-income families pay a portion of the costs for heating their homes in Idaho's winter months. Energy conservation education is also available.
Idaho Telephone Service Assistance Program (ITSAP) - helps eligible low-income families pay for basic telephone service installation costs or monthly costs for basic residential phone service.
Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - helps eligible low-income families conserve energy, save money, and improve living conditions by repairing or replacing heat sources (heaters, furnaces, etc.), installing insulation, weather stripping, and caulking around windows and doors.
Note: The State of Idaho refers to Live Better Idaho for more information online about these programs.