What is WIC?

What is WIC?

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding education and support), and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

WIC is effective in improving the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants. A 1990 study showed that women who participated in the program during their pregnancies had lower Medicaid costs for themselves and their babies than did women who did not participate.

WIC provides participants with food vouchers to use at participating stores to get infant formula; infant and adult cereal; baby food fruit, vegetables and meats; whole wheat bread, brown rice, soft corn and whole wheat tortillas; juice; eggs; fresh or canned milk; cheese; peanut butter; dried beans or peas; canned, fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables; soy beverages, tofu; and canned fish.

If you are interested in participating in the WIC Program contact your local State Health Department to apply or receive more information.

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