The Women Infant and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program

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The Women Infant and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a supplemental food and nutrition program for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children under age five who have a nutriThe Women, Infant and Children Supplemental Nutritional Program’s primary goals are to provide supplemental food and nutrition to women of a lower income who are pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum and children under age 5.
In the 1960’s issues of women and their children of lower incomes succumbing to malnutrition started to arise and attract political attention. Children were suffering from malnutrition at an increasingly alarming rate. Women were at a comparative disadvantage and were not able to afford the important supplemental foods to ensure a proper diet for themselves and their children which can cause health issues. Malnutrition can cause developmental problems in a child’s brain causing learning difficulties. There were already food programs that were offered by public schools, because it was believed most children would receive all meals eaten from school, but this left out younger children who were not yet in school. Women were becoming pregnant and not being able to eat the important nutrients needed during pregnancy to ensure fetal growth, and so the mother would also stay healthy. Officials with the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the United States Department of Agriculture met with a group of physicians in
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