What is WIC?
WIC is the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children. WIC helps income eligible women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. This mission is achieved by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental nutritious foods such as milk, cereal, fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and referrals to health and human service agencies.
WIC Customer Satisfaction Survey
How WIC Helps
WIC has been shown to provide a wide range of benefits. They include longer pregnancies with few premature births and infant deaths, improved dietary outcomes for women and children, improved maternal health and better performance at school. In addition to health benefits, WIC participants showed significant savings in healthcare costs when compared to non-participants.
WIC at a Glance
WIC’s Focus on Breastfeeding
One of the major focuses of WIC is promoting breastfeeding. Although breastmilk is the most nutritious and complete source of food for infants, nationally less than a third of infants are breastfeed at one year of age. A major goal of the WIC program is to improve the nutritional status of infants, therefore, WIC mothers are encouraged to breastfeed their infants. Pregnant women and new WIC mothers are provided breastfeeding education and support through mother centered guidance. Explore the benefits of breastfeeding and find helpful resources below.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.