A Nutritional Program for Women, Infants & Children
What is WIC?
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants and children (WIC) is a nutrition education program that provides healthy foods and teaches families how to make healthy nutrition choices for their families. WIC provides:
- Nutrition Education to create healthy habits to improve family health
- Nutritious Foods to promote healthy weight that are low in fat and high in fiber
- Breastfeeding support by offering support, education, and counseling to have that nurturing bond
- Referrals to other community services
- Health screening to help understand the growth and development
Women and Children may receive:
- 2%, 1% or skim milk
- Beans, peas or lentils
- Peanut butter
- Certain brands of iron-fortified cereal
- 100% fruit juices high in vitamin C
- Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables
- Canned fish
- Whole grains
- Tofu and soy beverages
Infants may receive:
- Iron-fortified formula
- Infant cereal
- Jarred baby meats (fully breastfed only)
- Jarred baby fruits and vegetables
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
Why Get WIC?
Women on WIC eat better, have healthier babies and receive early prenatal care.
Infants born to WIC mothers have better birth weight.
Children on WIC eat foods with more iron and vitamin C, and visit their doctors regularly.