Decline in WIC Participation Has Negative Health Implications for Women and Children

More than 8 million low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age 5 received benefits in 2014 through WIC — including food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support. According to a report from the USDA, the program served 80 percent of eligible infants, but just 46 percent of eligible children ages one to five. The report reveals a trend of declining WIC participation.