The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — known as WIC — provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood.
Quick Facts: 2017 WIC Participation
- Approximately 7.3 million women, infants, and children relied on the WIC program each month.
- Each month, WIC provided nutritious food to approximately: 3.8 million children, 1.8 million infants, and 1.7 million women.
- WIC was created in 1974 in response to the realization that inadequate nutrition poses real dangers to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children.