WIC's Purpose:

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program was created and designed to best help low-income women, infants, and children (up to 5 years-old), that are at nutritional risk, by promoting and protecting their health through the providing of nutritious foods in order to supplement their diets, educate them on healthy eating, and by giving referrals for healthcare purposes.

More About WIC:

WIC provides Federal grants to the States in order to provide these categorical groups of individuals in need with supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education.

WIC was established in 1972 and then made permanent in 1974. WIC is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S Department of Agriculture. Being formally known as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, WIC’s name was changed under the Healthy Meals for Health American’s Act of 1994, emphasizing its role to provide a nutrition program to these groups.

For most State WIC programs, they provide vouchers that participants are then able to use in authorized food or grocery stores. There are many State and local organizations that participate in the WIC program, making 46,000 merchants who now accept WIC vouchers nationwide.

WIC is an amazing program when it comes to providing an opportunity in health improvement for pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants/children.