WIC (women, infants & children)


Updated 5/19/16

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a federally funded short-term nutrition program operated through the Nevada Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Public & Behavioral Health. Its objective is to improve the health of pregnant women, infants and children who are eligible for the program by providing supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, and other health and social services. WIC is cost-effective. By reducing the incidence of low birth weight, premature babies and infant mortality, WIC generates significant savings in reduced healthcare costs, estimated at $1.92–$4.21 savings in Medicaid for every dollar spent on pregnant women and their newborns.

Notes:

  • Actuals only for food package costs prior to 2010; total participation estimated from monthly averages 2010 forward

  • Data may not be comparable before FY 2010 or after 2011

Source:

USDA, Food & Nutrition Services, state/annual data;

Federal Research & Action Center

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