National Landscape: WIC (Children)

Early childhood is a critical period of growth and development, and access to adequate food and nutrition in early childhood can have long-lasting implications on health and well-being.

WIC food packages provide supplemental foods that are designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant and postpartum women, as well as infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk. Protecting and promoting WIC helps ensure that women, infants, and young children are able to get the nutrition they need to grow and thrive.


Participation (coverage) rate is measured by the percent of eligible children receiving WIC.

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