WIC

Women, Infants, and Children

Mission:

The people in WIC helps with the people who are low-income and nutritionally at risk. They provide for women, infants, and children by providing nutritional foods, health care, and health services. It helps provide supplemental foods and education on healthy eating.


Funds

It is funded by the federal grant program which the Congress authorizes a specific amount of money each year.


For who?

  • pregnant women (through pregnancy and after 6 weeks after birth)

  • breastfeeding women (after 6 months after birth and end of pregnancy

  • non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to infants first birthday)

  • infants (up to infants first birthday)

  • children up to their 5th birthday (up to child’s fifth birthday)


How it helps:

  • They provide such as

    • health departments

    • hospitals

    • mobile clinics

    • schools

    • public housing sites


Requirements

  • The applicants must be seen by a health professional (ex: nurse, doctors, etc) to tell whether if nutritionally at risk.

  • The person must live in the state that they're applying for.
  • The applicants must have income of at or below the state agency.
  • Example: Household of 4, under $41,000


Effective?

It depends on the person. It is not necessary to have it though. According to WIC website, it seems to help a lot of people.