Benefits of Breastfeeding


WIC Mission

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children - better known as the WIC Program - serves to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, & children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, information on healthy eating, and referrals to health care.

History of WIC

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program was created as a pilot program in 1972. The program became permanent in 1975. It was created because of concern about malnutrition among low-income mothers and children. WIC has had a lot of growth since the beginning. It now serves more people in the United States than ever.

Number of Participants:
  1974 88,000
  1980 1.9 million
  1990 4.5 million
  2004 approximately 7.9 million


WIC is available in all 50 states, 34 Indian Tribal Organizations, America Samoa, District of Columbia, Guam, Commonwealth Islands of the Northern Marianas, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Description of the WIC Program

WIC provides supplemental nutritious food, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and referrals to other agencies. WIC is not an entitlement program. It is for low-income pregnant, post-partum, or breastfeeding women and their children, up to age five. Participants must have a nutrition risk. They must also be at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level. The program provides short term help to participants. WIC works with other health programs to better help participants. WIC’s help is important during critical times of growth and development. It works to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve health.

North County WIC Clinic

599 South 500 East
American Fork, UT 84003

801-851-7329 (fax)

Provo WIC Clinic

151 South University Ave Ste 2100
Provo, UT 84601

801-851-7303 (fax)

Orem WIC Clinic

816 N 980 W
Orem, UT 84057

801-851-7346 (fax)

South County WIC Clinic

910 E 100 N, #125
Payson, UT 84651

801-465-0911 (fax)