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WIC Program

WIC, Women, Infants, and Children program, a special supplemental nutrition *****, 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 is, congress does not set aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. Instead, WIC is a Feder*****l Grant program for which Congress authorizes a specific amount of fund*****g each year ***** program operations. The Food ***** Nutrition Services, which administers the ***** at the Federal level, provides *****se funds ***** ***** State *****ncies (State health departments or comparable agencies) to pay for WIC *****, nutrition ***** and education, and administrative costs.

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

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

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

Improved Infant Feeding Practices

Immunization Rates and Regular Source of Medical Care

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

MISSION

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

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