Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

There have been more than 70 scientific studies over the 21 year existence of the WIC program documenting the cost-effectiveness and positive health outcomes of participating women and children. The documented health benefits of WIC participation include:
  • Participation in WIC reduces the incidence of low birth weight infants and infant mortality.
  • Women who participate in WIC have longer pregnancies and fewer premature births.
  • Participation in WIC reduces the incidence of late fetal deaths by 1/3.
  • Reductions in high risk births has generated major savings in health care costs, specifically Medicaid, SSI for disabled children, and special education.
  • For every dollar spent prenatally on WIC, there has been an associated reduction in Medicaid costs ranging from $1.92-$4.21.
  • WIC participation leads to improved learning in school, better cognitive performance, and better digit memory test scores.
  • WIC participation has been shown to reduce the incidence of anemia among children and pregnant women.
  • Women who participate in WIC were found to seek prenatal care earlier in their pregnancy and were less likely to have too few prenatal visits with their health care provider.
  • WIC participation has also led to improved immunization rates, improved diets, and a greater likelihood of obtaining prenatal, as well as regular health care.
WIC is a government program that has worked for 21 years to provide support to young families during critical periods of growth and development.  WIC is a short-term intervention and education program.

Nondiscrimination Statement  


"In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.”

“Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English”

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form
, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

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