About WIC: Their Mission
A program designed to help low-income women, infants, and children up to the age of 5, that are at nutritional risk, by safeguarding their health through providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, educate on health eating, and give referrals to healthcare.
More about WIC:
WIC provides Federal grants to States in order to fulfill the goals of provided these categorical groups of individuals in need with supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education.
It was established in 1972 and then made permanent in 1974. WIC is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S Department of Agriculture. Being formally known as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children, WIC’s name was changed under the Healthy Meals for Health American’s Act of 1994, emphasizing its role to provide a nutrition program to these groups.
For most State WIC programs, they provide vouchers that participants are then able to use in authorized food or grocery stores. There are many State and local organizations that participate in the WIC program, making 46,000 merchants who now accept WIC vouchers nationwide.
WIC is wonderful in providing and opportunity in health improvement for pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants/children.