Who Should I Refer?

Parents state that their pediatrician could influence their decision to sign up for WIC

  • Families report high levels of trust in their pediatricians
  • Families state they they turn to the pediatrician most often for advice about their children’s physical and emotional well-being
  • Parents reported they would be more likely to sign up for food assistance programs if their pediatrician told them they were eligible
  • Parents of color were even more likely to say this than white parents

How WIC Helps

WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs.

WIC is one of the nation’s most successful and cost-effective nutrition intervention programs.

As per studies conducted by the Food and Nutrition Service of USDA and other non-government entities.

The WIC Program:

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WIC Improves Health & Nutrition

For more detailed information on how WIC improves the health/nutritional status of low-income women, infants and children

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WIC Underutilization

  • WIC enrollment remains suboptimal.
  • This underutilization has no single cause but has occurred despite adequate funding to serve all eligible applicants.

WIC Shortfall

For more detailed information on current coverage* rates, click here

*WIC coverage rates show the share of eligible people who participated in the program during a calendar year

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WIC’s Critical Benefits Reach Only Half of Those Eligible

Eligible Low-Income Children Missing Out on Crucial WIC Benefits During Pandemic

Ages of WIC Underutilization

  • Coverage rates* are lowest for non-infant children and pregnant women
  • Coverage rates* decline as a child ages from 1 to 4 years of age

*WIC coverage rates show the share of eligible people who participated in the program during a calendar year

Source: USDA Food and Nutrition Service National and State Level Estimates of WIC Eligibility and Program Reach in 2021

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To view the current rates of national WIC coverage

More detailed information on the underutilization of WIC