Feature Article: What is WIC and How It is Helpful

By Sheila Buck

WIC is a federal nutrition program that helps pregnant and nursing moms,  as well as, infants and children up to age five. This program helps  families to meet their children’s nutritional needs, and offers other services.  Listed below are some helpful facts about the WIC program.

  • This program offers nutritional information and education to pregnant women, nursing moms, and parents of infants and small children.
  • WIC helps their clients find appropriate health care.
  • This program also helps their clients to find other services in their community.
  • Offers breast feeding education and support.
  • WIC gives voucher’s for different foods and dairy products. Anything you purchase using these vouchers has to be WIC approved. They give you a list the foods they allow.
  • Sometimes they give their client’s vouchers for the local farmer’s market.
  • WIC also gives recipients vouchers that can be used at farmer’s markets for fresh fruits and vegetables. (Updated 1/1/2017)

Foods you can get by using your WIC voucher’s:

  • Cereal
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Infant formula
  • Baby cereals
  • Cheese
  • Juice
  • Eggs
  • Breads
  • Dried beans and peas
  • Baby food
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Canned fish (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Tofu (Updated 1/1/2017)
  • Soy-based beverages (Updated 1/1/2017)

WIC is a very helpful program if you are expecting a baby or have infants and children under five years of age. The services offered help keep children, pregnant and nursing moms, and other mothers healthy. This program is for low- income and medium- income families. To locate the WIC program closest to you, contact your doctor’s office, search online or look in your phone book.


California Department of Public Health



Sheila Buck is the single mom of two teenage boys. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Sheila is a freelance writer, and also writes books and short stories in her spare time. Sheila also writes for Frugal is Fabulous!

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