WIC stands for Women, Infants & Children. It is a program designed to educate breast-feeding women and mothers of young low-income families about food, nutrition and healthcare.
WIC is a food and nutrition program that is here to help pregnant women and families
with young children. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and information.
The foods provided through WIC are a good source of essential nutrients.
- WIC improves the health of it’s participants and promotes lifestyle changes. WIC participants have longer healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births. WIC is a short-term program designed to help families build healthy eating and living habits that will last a lifetime! WIC helps:
• Pregnant women (through pregnancy up to 6 months post partum)
• Breastfeeding women (up to the infants 1st birthday)
• Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months post partum)
• Infants (up to 1st birthday)
• Children (up to their 5th birthday)
Every state runs their WIC program differently.
The foods you may purchase in California with WIC “checks” http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/wicworks/WIC%20Foods/WICAuthorizedFoodListShoppingGuide-4-2010.pdf