Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Recognized as permanent in 1974, the Women, Infants, and Children program was established to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

WIC provides Federal grants to State agencies for nutritious foods to supplement diets, referrals to health care, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women.

WIC Fast Facts

  • WIC operates through 1,900 local agencies in 10,000 clinic sites, in 50 State health departments, 34 Indian Tribal Organizations, the District of Columbia, and five territories (Northern Mariana, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands).
  • WIC serves 53 percent of all infants born in the United States.
  • WIC is accepted at approximately 47,000 authorized retailers.
  • WIC participation exceeds over 9 million annually.

Visit the Federal WIC Website