Studies show pregnant women who participate in WIC have fewer premature births, fewer low birth-weight babies; experience fewer fetal and infant deaths; seek prenatal care earlier in pregnancy and consume more key nutrients like iron, protein, calcium, and Vitamins A and C.
WIC helps ensure infants’ and children’s normal growth, reduces levels of anemia, increases immunization rates, improves access to regular health care/social services and improves diets.
WIC promotes breastfeeding as the optimal infant feeding choice and supports moms along the way. WIC staff educate pregnant women on the benefits of breastfeeding and help them plan for it. Once she starts breastfeeding, WIC breastfeeding staff provide support, answer questions, and some states offer help hotlines.
- Healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- Developing healthy eating habits for kids
- Reading food labels when shopping
- How to cook healthy, delicious meals
WIC provides a tailored monthly food package. The foods vary depending on the nutrient needs of the mom and her kids during the stages of pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy and childhood. Only specific healthy foods can be purchased such as whole grains, dairy, fish, peanut butter, beans, and fruits and vegetables. WIC benefits can even be used at farmers’ markets in some states.
WIC serves as a gateway to healthcare and social services and connects families to the resources they need:
- Prenatal, obstetric, maternal and pediatric care
- Dental care
- Smoking cessation, drug and alcohol abuse counseling
- Head Start coordination
- How to Apply for WIC
- WIC Clinic Locations
- Nutrition Information
- WIC Food List - English - Spanish
- Useful Links
- A Budget-Friendly Guide to Eating Seasonally and Locally
PA WIC is funded by USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.