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Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program

What is WIC?

  • Is a nutrition and breastfeeding program
  • Helps eligible pregnant women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy
  • Provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods and referrals to health and other social services

Who can participate in WIC?

  • Women
    • Pregnant Women
    • Breastfeeding Women (may be eligible up to 12 months postpartum)
    • Women who have had a baby within the past six months (non breastfeeding)
  • Infants from birth to 1 year of age
  • Children from 1 year of age to their 5th birthday

What are the eligibility requirements for the Fond du Lac WIC Program?

How can I sign up for WIC?

  • To sign up for WIC at either Center for American Resources (CAIR—Duluth) or Min No Aya Win Clinic (MNAW—Cloquet):

Can WIC Improve Health?

  • Studies show that pregnant women using WIC services:
    • Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients needed for babies to grow and develop well
    • See doctors earlier during their pregnancies
    • Have more babies delivered full term
    • Have more babies born at a healthy weight
  • Studies show that for infants whose mothers used WIC services during their pregnancy:
    • Infant mortality is reduced and more babies are born without significant health problems
  • Studies show that children on WIC:
    • Eat more of the foods that provide key nutrients (like vitamin A, vitamin C and iron)
    • Are more likely to grow and develop well during childhood
    • Have better blood iron levels (less iron-deficiency anemia)
    • Are more likely to see a doctor regularly for check-ups and to get their shots on time
    • Are better with words and have a better memory for numbers
  • Studies also show that:
    • $1.77 to $3.13 is saved in Medicaid costs for every $1.00 the WIC program spends serving pregnant women.
    • Pregnant women using WIC services have fewer babies that weigh too little (less than 5 and 1/2 pounds) when born. It costs an extra $30,000 to $70,000 to help a small baby grow to a normal weight.

More Information:

About WIC - How WIC Helps (USDA FNS website)

Minnesota Department of Health WIC website