General Information: The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children
WIC provides nutritious foods, education, and referrals to health and other social services to participants at no charge. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutrition risk.
WIC is not an entitlement program; i.e., Congress does not set aside funds to allow every eligible individual to participate in the program. Instead, WIC is a Federal grant program for which Congress authorizes a specific amount of funding each year for program operations. The Food and Nutrition Service, which administers the program at the Federal level, provides these funds to WIC State agencies (State health departments or comparable agencies) to pay for WIC foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, and administrative costs.
CFPA recognizes the critical role that WIC plays in improving the health and well-being of low-income women and children in California. We support the efforts of the California WIC Association and value their expertise on policy issues affecting WIC and WIC participants. For more information regarding WIC in California, including State and Federal policy action, please visit the California WIC Association. link