Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
What is WIC? WIC or Women, Infants and Children is a program that offers assistance such as providing nutritious foods, supplements diets, information about eating healthy and balance foods, and even health care referral, promotion and support to protect the health of low-income women such as pregnant women, breastfeeding women and postpartum, infants as well as children who are 5 years old and above and are at nutritional risk.
WIC ensure that low-income women, infants as well as children who are under their program will receive access to health services and food nutrition counseling. They offer Federal contributions/donations to the states for health care referrals, supplemental foods and giving information about nutrition for every low-income women whether they are breastfeeding or non-breastfeeding postpartum women. They also offer their service to infants as well as children who are found to be at nutritional danger.
WIC was created in 1972 and it was made permanent in year 1974. The program was governed at the Federal level through the US Department of Agriculture who provide Food and Nutrition Service. WIC is previously recognized as the Special Supplemental Food Program and the program focused is low-income women, infants and children. To give emphasis to its role as a food and nutrition program the name of the program was altered into WIC (Women, Infants and Children) under the law of Healthy Meals for Healthy Americans Act of 1994 that offers food and nutrition service.
The programs offer coupons on most states which the participants use at official food stores. There is an extensive range of local organizations and states that collaborate in offering the health care and food benefits and a huge number of wholesalers nationally accept WIC coupons as payments. The program helps in improving the health of every low-income women, infants and children. According to a research, pregnant women who participated in the program had lesser medical bills than those women who did not participate in the program. Aside from improving the health of the low-income women, infants and children, this program is also related with extended development period, development of birth weights and reduction of infant mortality rate. The WIC program has been governed by the Food and Nutrition Service and the state organization are accountable for identifying the eligibility of the participant as well as offering benefits or services for approving sellers. If you want to apply as WIC participant you need to communicate with your resident organization or State to set up for an appointment.
WIC program is intended for low-income women, infants and children who are at nutritional risk and the food and nutrition service they offer include health care referrals, supplemental foods/diets, and nutrition information. Aside from low-income women, this program also offers their services to pregnant women as well as breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding women. The program mission is to ensure the safety of every woman, infant and child in every state by providing food and nutrition service that they needed especially those who are at nutritional risk.