Research Report Fiscal Year 2010 WIC Food Cost Report
Tracy Vericker, Chen Zhen, Shawn Karns
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The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to State agencies for providing supplemental foods, nutrition education, and health care and social service referrals to nutritionally at-risk, low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and nonbreastfeeding postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. The Federal costs of the WIC program in Fiscal Year (FY) 2010 totaled $6.7 billion, $4.6 billion of which were food costs. This report estimates the average monthly food costs by WIC participant category and estimates total dollars spent on each of several categories of WIC-eligible foods in FY 2010.
Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Social safety net
Tags Fiscal policy Hunger and food assistance Assistance for women and children
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center