The WIC or Women, Infants and Children Program of Maryland aims to promote nutrition through various activities such as counselling, supplemental food provision and health referrals.

Benefits of WIC Participation for Women and Children

Participation in this program has proven beneficial to pregnant women, with an impressive rate of fewer premature births, higher consumption of nutrients (iron, protein, Vitamin C, calcium), fewer low birth-weight babies and earlier seeking of prenatal care.

Children under 5 years of age also experience the benefits of participating in the WIC through a series of prevention programs which keep sickness at bay. Studies reveal a lower prevalence of anemia among low-income children enrolled in the program as compared to those who are not enrolled. Also, other studies show an increase in vocabulary test scores for 4 and 5-year-olds whose mothers participated in the WIC during pregnancy and received its benefits as compared to mothers who did not.

Guiding Principles

  • A culture of respect and dignity is observed across all races, colors, genders, age or origins
  • The program is constantly evaluated and improved to ensure accountability and efficiency
  • Accessibility and knowledge of the program’s importance are the main concerns for the community
  • Information and encouragement will be provided in order to aid families in making healthier choices

WIC’s Vision

We envision the Maryland WIC program to promote and ensure the optimum health of future generations, as well as to act as an integral part of an interactive and efficient health care system.

WIC’s Mission

To assist expectant mothers, infants and children in achieving improved nutritional conditions through a series of programs provided in a caring and supportive environment.

For better choices for a brighter future, visit the Maryland WIC program website or contact 1800-242-4WIC.