The mission of WIC is to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers, infants, and children up to age 5 who are nutritionally and medically at risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.
WIC offers nutrition counseling, breast-feeding support and food vouchers redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juices and other nutritious foods.
The WIC program is a health and supplemental nutrition program for pregnant women; breastfeeding women up to 12 months postpartum; non-breast feeding women up to 6 months post partum; infants and children up to 5 years of age who have a medical/nutritional risk and meet financial eligibility criteria. Funding is provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC is administered by the Department of Health at the State and the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness at the local level.
Most State WIC programs provide vouchers that participants use at authorized food stores. A wide variety of State and local organizations cooperate in providing the food and health care benefits, and 46,000 merchants nationwide accept WIC vouchers. WIC is effective in improving the health of pregnant women, new mothers, and their infants.