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WIC Program

WIC, Women, Infants, and Children program, a special supplemental nutrition *****, provides nutritious foods, ***** 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 ***** children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.

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

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

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

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

Improved Infant Feeding Practices

Immunization Rates and Regular Source of Medical Care

***** Cognitive Development

Improved Preconceptional Nutritional Status

PURPOSE AND SCOPE

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

MISSION

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

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