In Illinois, over 40 percent of all babies born are on the WIC program. WIC is often the entry point into the health care system for WIC participants. Recent studies have shown that WIC participation reduces fetal deaths, infant deaths, low birth weight, and iron deficiency anemia. It also helps to increase immunization rates of children.
The WIC program is successful in improving the diet and protecting the health of participants. WIC foods help parents to feed their children properly during critical periods of growth and development. WIC foods are high in protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A or vitamin C. Different food packages are provided for different categories of participants.
- Important information about healthy eating and good nutrition
- Information about breastfeeding and breastfeeding support
- Special vouchers to buy healthy foods – like milk, juice, eggs, cheese, cereal, dry beans, peanut butter, whole grains, and fruits and veggies
- For partially breastfed or non-breastfed infants, vouchers for infant formula
- Vouchers for infant cereals and baby food jars of fruits and veggies
- Help in finding healthcare and other services in your area