Women, Infants and Children [WIC] Law and Legal Definition
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a Food and Nutrition Service program initiated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children.
The mission of the WIC is to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
The WIC target population are low-income, nutritionally at risk:
a. pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends);
b. breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday);
c. non breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends);
d. infants (up to 1st birthday); and
e. children up to their 5th birthday.
The benefits provided by the WIC are:
a. supplemental nutritious foods;
b. nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics; and
c. screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services.
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