The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, also known as WIC, helps pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants and children up to five years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition, provided that they are income eligible.

The program gives its best efforts to improve pregnancy outcomes by providing or referring to support services that are necessary for full-term pregnancies. The program reduces infant mortality via reduction of the incidences of low birth weight, approximately infants under 5.5 pounds.

These infants are at greater risk of brain injuries, physical abnormalities and as shallow as breathing problems. The program aims to provide children and infants with a healthy new beginning in life by improving poor or inadequate diets and the like.

WIC also provides many more services like nutrition education and breastfeeding education and support, supplemental and highly nutritious foods such as cereal, eggs, milk, whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, and iron-fortified infant formula.

Furthermore, WIC provides referral to prenatal, as well as pediatric health care and other maternal and child health and human service programs.

Some examples are Head Start, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Food Stamps, formerly.

Ohio WIC is also known for having its clinics as voting sites. The 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout the state of Ohio.

Applicants can register to vote at any of the WIC clinics in their respective communities. Registration can also be done through the online services of the Secretary of State’s office.

For more information on the WIC Ohio, participants can check their website or call (614) 644-8006.