WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, is a nutrition program for eligible women, infants, and children that provides nutrition education and breastfeeding support services, nutritious foods, basic health screenings, and referrals to other health and social services.
All WIC services are free to the participant and are paid for with funds from the federal USDA program.
WIC program helping families navigate nationwide shortage of infant formula
As the mother of young children, my heart aches when I see parents and caregivers facing a nationwide shortage of infant formula. There can be an overwhelming amount of information related to the early stages of parenthood, and unpredictable situations like this can add extra stress.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure formula has proper nutrition for health and development. Formula is specially designed to maximize the individual’s ability to absorb nutrients. Your pediatrician is the best place to start if you have any concerns about your child’s nutrition.
Many families impacted in our state are participating in the Arizona Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC program exists to promote healthy families and children. Driven by this goal, ADHS is working to help families navigate this situation.