Women, Infants & Children: A Brief History


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Women, Infants & Children (WIC) is a federally funded program that faced great threat in lieu of the federal government shut down. It also revealed the American Public's lack of knowledge regarding the program and its history. This presentation has been created with the hope that it will raise awareness about the noble efforts of WIC.

Women, Infants & Children: A Brief History

  1. WOMEN, INFANTS & CHILDREN A Brief History
  2. What is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)?
  3. WIC is a federally funded program.
  4. It provides supplemental nutrition for the nation’s most nutritionally vulnerable women, infants & children.
  5. Why was WIC created?
  6. In 1969, a group of physicians met with policy makers in Washington D.C. at the Whitehouse Conference on Hunger.
  7. At this meeting, MDs expressed their concern regarding their lowincome, pregnant patients who were coming in their offices with high risk pregnancies.
  8. Many of these issues could be resolved through adequate nutrition.
  9. These physicians agreed that these mothers & their children could benefit from supplemental food & nutrition guidance.
  10. By 1972, WIC was created.
  11. Who qualifies for WIC?
  12. 1. Pregnant women. 2. Women who have been breastfeeding for less than one year. 3. Women who are less than 6 months postpartum.
  13. Infants – 0-1 years old.
  14. Children up to 5 years of age.
  15. Participants must also have a household income below 185% of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
  16. Or participate in an adjunctively eligible program such as SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps).
  17. How is supplemental nutrition provided?
  18. Supplemental nutrition is provided in the form of checks or on an EBT card.
  19. Clients are able to use these checks/EBT cards at WIC approved vendors.
  20. WIC clients cannot purchase any food that they please.
  21. Clients must purchase foods that have been specially determined to meet their specific nutrition needs.
  22. But WIC is much more than supplemental food product.
  23. WIC encourages breastfeeding and provides breastfeeding education & support for its participants.
  24. Because breast milk is the best thing for baby.
  25. WIC also provides referrals to healthcare.
  26. And WIC provides nutrition education for its clients.
  27. In other words, WIC helps to save lives by improving the nutritional status of its clients thereby providing hope for a brighter future for all participants.
  28. WIC = A Great Program