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About WIC: Giving Families a Healthy Start

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a national, targeted supplemental public-health nutrition program with time-limited participation. Every month, the program serves roughly 7.3 million low-income mothers, babies, and young children at nutritional risk across the United States.

WIC’s Mission

To assure healthy pregnancies, healthy birth outcomes, and healthy growth and development for women, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and support, education on healthy eating, and referrals to healthcare and critical social services.


Women, infants, and young children each month through 10,000 clinics nationwide


Pregnant women


Breastfeeding women


(under the age of 1)


(ages 1 to 5th birthday)

Food. Education. Support. You Got This.

Across the US, in urban and rural areas, WIC’s time-limited services and benefits ensure that children get a strong, healthy start in life. There is clear evidence that good nutrition during pregnancy and in the first few years of life has long-term, positive impacts on health. When children have a healthy start, their prospects - and our nation’s prospects - are brighter.

Healthy Food

Fresh fruits and vegetables
Milk, cheese & more
Cereal and other grains
Peanut butter, beans & more

Breastfeeding Support

Support and education
Peer counseling
Lactation support
Classes and information

Nutrition Education

Shopping guidance
Prenatal nutrition tips
Kid-friendly recipes
Personalized nutrition counseling

Care Beyond WIC

Immunization services
Substance abuse counseling
Domestic abuse counseling
Social services

WIC Program Information

NWA Resources

The National WIC Association creates fact sheets, position papers, and toolkits to support WIC advocacy and education. Explore them all here.

Data & Reports

There are many reports and data that tell WIC's story, but they can be overwhelming to navigate. See this page for a curated selection of key resources.

Find your closest WIC clinic at SignUpWIC.com

Looking for WIC services near you? Find your closest WIC clinic with a quick zip code search.

WIC Program Impact

Talking about WIC

Make maximum impact with talking points and tips to tailor your advocacy and education message.

Faces of WIC

WIC is about people. Put a face to the program, and browse our photos and stories from current and former WIC participants.