Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

Mission

WIC's primary mission, as an adjunct to good healthcare, is to provide education for optimal nutrition during critical stages of growth and development. The program provides an array of support for families including breastfeeding support and promotion; referrals to needed medical and social services in the community; and assessment of client nutritional status. WIC also provides checks for healthy foods based on the clientsí nutritional needs. WIC recipients show higher birth weight, lower infant mortality, improved blood iron levels and diets, improved brain and neurological development, and lower use of intensive care nurseries compared to infants born to lower income mothers that have not benefited from proper nutritional food supplements.

2013 Accomplishments and Milestones

  • Continued support for breastfeeding mothers with a medical necessity, or upon returning to work or school, by providing almost 40 hospital-grade, electric breast pumps free of charge.
  • Increased the percentage of WIC mothers who initiated breastfeeding from 63% to 66%.
  • Expanded the use of the fruit and vegetable vouchers to allow its use at WIC approved Farmer's markets statewide.