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.
Participants exchange WIC food benefits at approved retail grocery stores and pharmacies.“In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”