WIC program celebrates 50 years of compassion and care

Published: April 23, 2024 at 8:56 AM
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, commonly known as WIC.

In 1974, the first WIC Clinic opened in Pineville, Kentucky (see video below). The WIC program provides participants with nutritious foods, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support) and referrals to health and other social services.

WIC is administered in all 50 states, 33 Indian Tribal Organizations, the District of Columbia, and 5 U.S. Territories with roughly 10,000 provider clinics that serve nearly 6.7 million women, infants and children who currently participate.

Children of mothers who participate in WIC have been shown to have improved vocabulary scores. WIC improves the dietary intake of pregnant and postpartum women and serves about half of all infants born in the United States.

For more information on the 50th Anniversary of WIC visit usda.exposure.co/wic-50-years. Families looking to apply for WIC through HACAP can find out more information by visiting hacap.org/wic.


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