WIC is a nutritional program that improves the health of women, pregnant women, postpartum women, infants, and children under age five, hence the letters “W.I.C.”. The goals of this program are to: reduce complications of pregnancy, prevent low birth weight babies, reduce iron deficiency anemia, promote and support breastfeeding and promote optimum growth and development of infants and young children. It started in 1974 and has earned the reputation of being one of the most successful federally funded nutrition programs in the United States. Research has shown that the WIC Program has been playing an important role in improving birth outcomes and containing health care costs. To meet to goals of the program they provide monthly food coupons for specific nutritious food, provide valuable nutrition education (both individual and group classes), provide breastfeeding support and assistance and referrals to health care and community resources.
How to qualify for WIC?
Who ever applies must meet one requirement in each of the category section, the residential and income section, and the nutritional risk section to be eligible. The following individuals are considered categorically eligible for WIC:
|Women |-- pregnant (during pregnancy and up to 6 weeks |
| | after the birth of an infant or the end of the |
| | pregnancy) |
| |-- postpartum (up to six months after the birth of |
| | the infant or the end of the pregnancy) |
| |-- breastfeeding (up to the infant's first birthday)...