WIC and non-WIC infants and children differ in usage of some WIC-provided foods.

Editor(s): Guthrie JF, Catellier DJ, Jacquier EF, Eldridge AL, Johnson WL, Lutes AC, Anater AS, Quann AS..

The USDA’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides expert-chosen supplemental foods for low-income infants and children in the US. Results from the US FITS 2016 show that WIC participants are less likely to breastfeed than higher-income non-participants under 6 months of age. Compared with lower-income non-participants, children in WIC were more likely to consume iron-fortified infant cereal, baby-food vegetables, 100% fruit juice, and more likely to drink age-appropriate milks, showing the important contributions that the WIC food package has on the diets of participants.

Guthrie JF, Catellier DJ, Jacquier EF, Eldridge AL, Johnson WL, Lutes AC, Anater AS, Quann AS.WIC and non-WIC infants and children differ in usage of some WIC-provided foods. J Nutr. 2018; 148:1547S–1556S. doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxy157