Food and Feeding
The WIC Food Package: Better Food, Better Health
When WIC first began, the nutritional issues facing many Americans were different from what they are now. Today, we need less fat and more fiber, less refined grains and more whole grains, more fruits and vegetables and more variety in what we eat.
WIC's monthly food package was updated in 2009 to address these needs and to improve the health outcomes of WIC families. WIC food items are lower in fat, higher in fiber and more culturally appropriate. Our goal is to help families meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Healthy People 2020 Objectives, and follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations for infant nutrition.
WIC’s food package for children just got better! The WIC fruit and veggie benefit for children increases to $8/month, starting April 1, 2014. We’re excited to celebrate 40 years of strengthening families by providing nutrition education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and healthcare referrals. WIC continues to make improvements that will expand food choices and access to healthy foods for all WIC participants, so stay tuned!