WIC provides supplemental nutritious foods and individual nutrition assessment and counseling as an adjunct to good health care during critical periods of growth and development, in order to prevent the occurrence of health problems and improve the health status of pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women (up to six months); infants; and children up to age five years.


The following benefits are provided to WIC participants:

  • Supplemental nutritious foods
  • Nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics
  • Screening and referrals to other health, welfare and social services

Target Populations

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends)
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends)
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 45 percent of all infants born in the United States
  • Children up to their 5th birthday

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For the full non-discrimination statement, please visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/usda-nondiscrimination-statement