The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health care and social service referrals to nutritionally at-risk low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children through age 4. This report offers updated estimates of the population that met these criteria and was eligible for WIC benefits in each of the years 1994 through 2007. These revise a set of estimates published by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in 2006. The new series builds on the methodology recommended by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council (CNSTAT) and more accurately captures changes in the breastfeeding practice of new mothers during their period of WIC eligibility. In 2007, 14.2 million individuals were eligible for WIC benefits in an average month. The program served 8.4 million, or 59 percent of those eligible. (author abstract)
WIC eligibles and coverage - 1994 to 2007: Estimates of the population of women, infants, and children eligible for WIC benefits
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