Term WIC
Code NL-6000.9500
Definition A public health nutrition program administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service that provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and health care referrals for income-eligible pregnant or postpartum women, infants and children up to age five. Foster parents, grandparents, guardians and single fathers who have custody of their children may also be eligible to receive food assistance for children up to age five if they meet income guidelines. WIC provides specific foods to supplement the dietary needs of participants to ensure good health and development. Food packages typically include iron-fortified infant cereal, milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, peanut butter, beans, fruits, vegetables and juice. Families can shop for WIC foods at most grocery stores using a WIC electronic transfer benefit (EBT) card or vouchers.
Created 3/10/92
Changed 9/10/19
Use References Women, Infants, Children
See Also References Farmers Markets Accepting Nutrition Program Vouchers (BD-2400.2265)
Formula/Baby Food (BD-1800.8200-250)
Gap Group Nutrition Related Benefits (NL-6000.2500)
Mother and Infant Care (LJ-5000)
Nutrition Education (LH-2700.6000)
WIC Fraud Reporting (FN-1700.9500-900)
External Classification Terms Food (ACH B-01)
Food/Meals (CAN FO-200)
Food/Meals (AIRS FO-200)
Government & Public Administration (NTE W20)
Nutrition (NPC K05)
Nutrition (NTE K40)
Public Assistance (NPC W08.03)
Special Supplemental Food Program (WIC) (UW 3.1.02.07)
Related Concepts Children and Youth
Early Childhood Programs/Services
Financial Services/Benefits
Foster Care Transition Services
Homelessness
Named Programs
Pregnancy
U.S. Services/Targets
Facet Named Programs
Comments
Bibliographic References "National WIC Association FAQs: What does the WIC program do?, What Foods Does WIC Provide?", https://www.nwica.org/faq

"WIC Basics", National WIC Association website, https://www.nwica.org/wic-basics

"WIC Eligibility Requirements", USDA Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture website, https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements

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