WIC stands for Women, Infants and Children. It is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, commonly referred to as the WIC Program.

The WIC is for infants, children up to five years of age and pregnant women. It is also for breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC provides Healthy foods, Health care referrals, Breastfeeding support and Eating Tips for women and their children. 

North Carolina WIC Program: Brief History 

The first WIC offices in North Carolina were opened in 1974. They were in Guilford County, Johnston County, Mecklenburg County, Orange County, Forsyth County and Warren County. In its 30-year lifespan, WIC has continued to grow and change.

Some of these changes came in 2009. There are now more choices to support healthy habits such as breastfeeding, eating more fruits and vegetables, and eating whole grains while lowering the fat. There are many more advances in terms of nutrition.

Also, statistics have proven these advancements. Childhood anemia has declined dramatically since 1967 and WIC has been credited as a large reason for the decline. 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Must be a resident of North Carolina
  • Must be a resident of a household with income at or below WIC guidelines
  • Must have a Health Risk Factor based on the ff: height and weight, blood test for low iron, health history and diet history.

For more information on North Carolina WIC, visit their website or call (919) 707-5800.