The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has been improving pregnancies and preparing kids to learn for 40 years. The program provides nutrition counseling, parenting advice, breastfeeding support, food assistance, and referrals to help you and your family live a healthy life.
Did you know?
The West Virginia WIC Program provides an average of $39.70 in healthy foods each month for every participant.
Foods include: milk; eggs; cheese; yogurt; cereal; juice; fruits and vegetables; dried or canned beans; peanut butter; whole grain breads, pastas and tortillas; infant formula and medical foods and baby foods.
Mothers who breastfeed may reduce their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, type 2 diabetes and postpartum depression.
Children age 1 to 2 who participate in WIC have lower dental related Medicaid costs.
Participation in WIC reduces the chance of having a very low birth weight baby.
Children who receive WIC benefits have higher quality diets.
More WIC children receive access to preventive health care including pediatric and dental visits and referrals to other social programs.
Children participating in WIC have higher rates of immunization.