The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — known as WIC — provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood.

Quick Facts: 2015 WIC Participation

  • Approximately 8 million women, infants, and children relied on the WIC program each month.
  • Each month, WIC provided nutritious food to approximately: 4 million children, 2 million infants, and 2 million women.
  • WIC was created in 1974 in response to the realization that inadequate nutrition poses real dangers to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children.