What is WIC?
Women, Infants and Children, provides supplemental nutritious food, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and referrals to other agencies. It is for low-income pregnant, post-partum, or breastfeeding women and their children, up to age five. Participants must have a nutrition risk. They must also be at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The program provides short term help to participants. WIC works with other health programs to better help participants. WIC’s help is important during critical times of growth and development. It works to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve health.
Services provided by WIC:
- Nutritious foods
- Nutrition education
- Breastfeeding help
- Referrals to other community agencies
They serve to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.