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Benefits Received by WIC Participants

All participants receive:

  • Screening for nutrition and health needs.
  • Information on how to use WIC foods to improve health.
  • Checks to buy foods that help keep you and your children healthy and strong.
  • Referrals to doctors, dentists, and programs like FoodShare, Medicaid, BadgerCare Plus, Wisconsin Works (W-2) and Head Start.

Women receive

  • WIC foods.
  • Information on healthy eating during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
  • Help with starting or continuing breastfeeding.

Infants receive:

  • Help with starting or continuing breastfeeding.
  • Infant formula, if needed.
  • Immunization referrals.
  • Parents/caregivers receive information on taking care of babies.

Children receive:

  • WIC foods.
  • Immunization referrals.
  • Parents/caregivers receive information on food shopping, recipes and feeding a child.

Health benefits of WIC:

  • Premature births reduced.
  • Low birth-weight reduced.
  • Long-term medical expenses reduced.

Food Benefits

  • Fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, canned).
  • 100% juice.
  • Whole wheat/whole grain foods: 100% whole wheat bread, brown rice, soft corn or whole wheat tortillas.
  • Beans, peas, lentils (canned or dried).
  • Peanut butter.
  • Canned fish (light tuna or pink salmon).
  • Milk, eggs, cheese.
  • Infant cereals, fruits and vegetables, and meats.

Formulas and Medical Nutritionals:

  • Standard contract formulas.
  • Exempt (special) formulas for infants and children with special needs.
  • Medical foods for children and women with special needs.

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Last Revised: October 18, 2013