- The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem.
- The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
- WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C.
- Participants exchange WIC food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.
What Does WIC Provide?
Foods for Infants (Birth-12 Months)
The WIC Program strongly encourages and provides support for breastfeeding. For babies who are not fully breastfed, iron-fortified infant formula is available for the first year of life. The state contracts with one formula company to provide formula at a reduced price. At six month, infants may also receive infant cereal and infant fruits and vegetables. Infants that fully breastfeed, may also receive infant meats.
Infants with specific medical diagnoses may receive a special formula.
Foods for Women and Children
Pregnant and postpartum women and children (under 5 years of age) participating in WIC receive food benefits for milk, cheese, eggs, cereals, peanut butter, dry beans/peas or canned beans/peas, and fruit or vegetable juices, fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain choices to include breads, tortillas, brown rice and oatmeal. Women who exclusively breastfeed their babies may also receive extra food, including canned tuna fish.
Special formulas or nutritional supplements are also available to participating women and children who have certain medical conditions.
Sample Food Package for a child for one month:
- 3 gallons of milk
- 1 pound of cheese
- 1 dozen eggs
- 36 ounces of cereal
- 18 ounce jar of peanut butter, 16 ounce dry beans/peas or 4 cans beans/peas
- 2 bottles 64 ounce juice
- 2 pounds whole grains (breads, tortillas, brown rice or oatmeal)
- $8.00 fresh fruits and vegetables