Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

As the third largest food and nutrition assistance program, WIC served about 8 million participants per month in fiscal year 2015, including over half of all infants born in the United States. Federal program costs for WIC were nearly $6.2 billion in fiscal year 2015. This page presents the following charts:

Average monthly participation in WIC, fiscal year 1980-2015

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Children 1-4 years old account for over half of WIC participants, April 2014

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One-third of those participating in WIC in April 2014 had income at or below 50 percent of poverty level

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