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ISSUE DATE: 02/2013

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) helps improve the diets of pregnant women, mothers, and young children. Tell pregnant women and families who have children under age 5 about the program.

The WIC program provides:

Supplemental foods that have key nutrients often lacking in the diets of young children and their mothers (for example, milk, eggs, cheese, juice and cereal).

Answers nutrition questions and gives tips on healthy eating.

Breast-feeding support.

People receiving MFIP, SNAP, and MA are automatically income eligible for WIC.

Working families may qualify for WIC. WIC does not require participants to be U.S. citizens. Mothers who breast-feed may qualify for the program for 1 year following their child’s birth.

WIC is available in every county. For the closest WIC clinic, call 1-800-WIC-4030.

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