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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

History and benefits of the program

  • 34 year old program to improve children’s health, growth and development
  • Nutritious foods and improved healthcare access for low and moderate income women and children with, or at risk of developing, nutrition related health problems
  • Nutrition and breastfeeding education
  • Screenings and referrals to other health, welfare and social services
  • WIC continues to have bi-partisan support in Congress where it has consistently seen flat or increased Federal funding year over year. WIC has never received a funding cut
  • 8.27 million participants as of October 2006
  • $5.0374 billion spent on WIC in FY 06 with $3.6055 billion spent on food costs

Products allowed

  • Infant formula; infant cereal; adult cereal; fruit & vegetable juice; eggs; milk; cheese; peanut butter; dried beans or peas; tuna fish; carrots

Priority nutrients

  • Protein, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A & Vitamin C

Effects of WIC

  • Documented benefits prove that every dollar spent on WIC saves Medicaid a minimum of $3 in treating malnutrition
  • WIC serves about 47% of all babies born in the United States

Our nationally authorized Cream Of Wheat items include:

  • Original Stove 1 Minute
  • 2 ½ Minute
  • 10 Minute
  • Original Instant

 

 

   
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