Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
WIC provides crucial nutrition assistance to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as babies and toddlers under age 6. Scientific research continues to show that WIC improves the health of very young children. See our Children's HealthWatch research for more information about the health impacts of WIC.
In June 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reduce funding for WIC in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. If passed in the Senate, this budget cut could drop 200,000 – 350,000 mothers and young children from the WIC program. See an analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The U.S. Senate should reject short-term cost saving measures that will hurt our youngest and most vulnerable children.