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Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), is a federally funded program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state health departments, city and county health departments and community health clinics. The program serves low-income women, infants and children who are low income and nutritionally at risk. At the beginning of each fiscal year (October 1) a state receives a WIC allocation for food and an allocation for nutrition services and administration. A state may receive additional funds mid-year. PeriStats makes available the number of women and children served by WIC for each state and Washington, DC. Data shown in PeriStats includes participants served by state health departments and excludes those receiving services from the Inter-Tribal Organizations. More background on WIC can be found at the USDA Web site.