WIC Nutrition offices
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.
Kenansville (main): 910-296-2130: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm
Who is WIC for?
- Children up to 5 years of age
- Pregnant women
- Breastfeeding women who have had a baby in the last 12 months
- Women who have had a baby in the last 6 months
What does WIC provide?
- Healthy foods
- Health care referrals
- Breastfeeding counseling and support
- Eating tips for you and your child
- Nutrition counseling
Am I Eligible for WIC?
To be eligible, you or your child must:
- Live in North Carolina
- Live in a household with income at or below WIC guidelines
- Have a health risk factor based on:
- height and weight
- blood test for low iron
- health history
- diet history
WIC lowers the rate of anemia among participating children ages six months to five years. The data shows an average decrease in the anemia rate of more than 16% for each year from 1980 to 1992.
- WIC significantly improves children’s diets, particularly when it comes to vitamins and nutrients including iron, vitamin C, thiamin, protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.
- Four and five-year-olds who participate in WIC in early childhood have better vocabularies and digit memory scores than comparable children who do not participate in WIC.
- WIC participation leads to higher rates of immunization against childhood diseases.