WIC Pennsylvania is a federally funded program that has many branches in different states. This program provides healthy supplemental foods and nutrition services for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children under five years old in a very supportive environment.

WIC foods include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, soy options, canned beans and infant foods. These have recently been added to the healthy foods WIC is popular for. These foods are better for the body because they are lower in fat, higher in fiber and allow for participant and cultural preferences.

Decreasing the risk of poor birth outcomes as well as improve the health of the participants during critical stages of growth and development are the goals of the WIC program.

WIC also helps participants find the answers to frequent questions and many other concerns related to nutrition and health.

Some examples are:

  • When can I start feeding my baby cereal and juice
  • How much weight should I gain during pregnancy?
  • Will alcohol or smoking hurt my unborn baby?

WIC Pennsylvania’s Mission Statement

“The Pennsylvania WIC Program is committed to improving the health of eligible pregnant women, new mothers, and children by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to health and social programs during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.” 

WIC’s Food Packages 

  • fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables
  • whole grains (whole wheat bread/rolls, whole grain bread/rolls, brown rice, oats, or whole wheat/corn soft tortillas)
  • milk (regular and lactose-free as required)
  • soy beverage and tofu
  • 100% fruit and/or vegetable juice
  • peanut butter
  • cheese
  • eggs
  • canned or dried beans and peas
  • cereal (half or whole grains)
  • infant iron-fortified formula
  • infant iron-fortified cereal
  • infant jarred fruits and vegetables
  • jarred infant meats (fully breastfed babies only)
  • canned chunk light tuna, pink salmon, & sardines (only fully breastfeeding women and women who are pregnant with multiple fetuses)

For more information, check out their website or call (717) 783-1289