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WIC Program

WIC, Women, Infants, and Children program, a special supplemental nutrition program, provides nutritious foods, nutrition counseling, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

WIC is not an entitlement program; that *****, congress does not set aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. Instead, WIC is a Feder*****l Gr*****t program for which Congress authorizes a specific amount of funding each year for program operations. The Food and Nutrition Services, which administers the program at the Federal level, provides *****se ***** to WIC State agencies (State ***** departments or comparable agencies) to pay for WIC *****, nutrition counseling and education, and administrative costs.


WIC saves lives and improves the health of nutritionally at-***** women, infants ***** children. The results of studies conducted by FNS and ***** non-government entities prove that WIC is one of ***** nations most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs. Since its beginning in 1974, the ***** ***** has earned ***** reputation of be*****g one of the most successful Federally-funded ***** programs in the United States. Collective findings of *****, reviews ***** reports demonstrate that ***** WIC Program is cost effective in protecting or improving the health/nutritional status of ***** women, ***** and children. The following highlights some of the findings:

Im*****d Birth Outcomes and Savings in Health Care Costs

Improved Diet and ********** Outcomes

Improved Infant Feeding Practices

***** Rates and Regular Source of Medical Care

***** Cognitive Development

Improved Preconceptional Nutritional Status


***** part announces regulations under which the Secretary of Agriculture shall carry out ***** Special S*****plemental Nutrition Program f***** Women, Infants ***** Children (WIC Program). Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, states in part that the ***** finds that substantial numbers ***** pregnant, ***** and ***** women, infants and young children from families with inadequate income are at ***** risk with respect ***** their physical and mental health by re*****on of inadequate nutrition or ***** care, or both. The purpose of the ***** is to provide supplemental foods ***** nutrition education through payment of cash grants to State agencies which administer ***** Program through local agencies at no cost to eligible persons. The Program ***** serve as an adjunct to good health ***** during critical times of growth and development, in order to prevent the occurrence of ***** problems, including drug and other harmful substance abuse, and to improve the health status of these persons. The program shall be supplementary ***** the Food Stamp *****; any program ***** which foods are distributed to needy families in lieu of food stamps; and receipt ***** food or meals from soup kitchens, or shelters, or other f*****ms of emergency food assistance.


***** mission of WIC is to safeguard the health ***** low-***** women, *****fants, and children up to age 5 who are at *****al


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