Health Delivery

WIC is a health and nutrition program that has demonstrated a positive effect on pregnancy outcomes, child growth and development. Here are some facts about WIC:

  • Each month, more than 200,000 moms, babies, and children less than age 5 receive nutritious foods from the Michigan WIC Program. WIC foods are worth $30-$112 or more per month for each participant.
  • WIC participants receive help with nutrition education and breastfeeding, as well as referrals to other health services.
  • One out of every two babies born in Michigan receives WIC benefits.
  • The earlier a pregnant woman receives nutritional benefits from WIC, the more likely she is to seek prenatal care and deliver a normal weight infant.
  • For every dollar spent by this program, more than three dollars in subsequent health care costs are saved.
  • A family of four may earn $40,000 per year and qualify for WIC.
  • The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program that serves low and moderate income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5 who have a nutrition-related health problem.
  • The program provides a combination of nutrition education, supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to health care.
  • WIC foods are selected to meet nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, folic acid, vitamins A & C.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence, Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        Email:

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