Women Infants Children Program Grants

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Women, Infants, and Children Program Grants (WIC)  – Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

Federal Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Food and Nutrition Service

Women Infant Children Program grants use
FY15 Food costs – $5,042,317,000; Administrative costs – $1,990,683,000.

Authorized by Child Nutrition Act and Health, Hunger-Free Act this program provides grants for supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, and referral to health and social services of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age five that are determined to be at nutritional risk.

Women, Infants, and Children grants are used by State and local agencies to pay the cost of specified supplemental foods provided to eligible participants. Funds are also used to pay for nutrition assessments, blood tests for anemia, breastfeeding promotion, and health care referrals.

Who may be eligible for WIC grants?

WIC grants are awarded to any public or private nonprofit health or human service agency that serves a local low-income population of women, infants, and children at nutritional risk.

Who is the beneficiary of the WIC grant program?

Beneficiaries of the Women Infants Children Program grants is a federal program are pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.

To participate in the WIC program any beneficiary must be individually determined by a competent professional to be in need of special supplemental foods supplied by the program because of nutritional risk.

Women, Infants, and Children Program participants have to reside in the USA and meet an income standard, or receive, or have certain family members that receive benefits under the Food Stamp, Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs.

How to apply for the WIC program?

Inquire at your WIC State or local Food and Nutrition Service agency about the application process.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Check Frequently Asked Questions at the Food and Nutrition Services website.