Wic Program Evaluation Case Study

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4.05 Program Evaluation The WIC program The WIC program, which originated under the Child and Nutrition Act of 1966, was established as a pilot program in 1972 and made permanent in 1974. It is available in each of the states, the District of Colombia, 32 Indian Tribal Organizations, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam. The WIC program is one that falls under the assistance category; it provides a combination of food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children who are at nutrititional risk. WIC seeks to improve fetal development and reduce the incidence of low birthweight, short gestation, and anemia through intervention during the prenatal period. Participants receive…show more content…
WIC is significantly different than other hunger alleviation programs because it targets children. Many professional opinions against the WIC program allude to the fact that it is like any food program that people take advantage of and should be discontinued. However, the items able to be purchased are very limited, which allows for proper use of the program and its benefits, which many supporters point out. As of 2011, WIC has been running a budget surplus, due in large part to a decline in the price of milk- milk costs represent 20% of the WIC food cost…show more content…
WIC serves pregnant women and children under five years old- the ages at which nutricional sufficiency is most critical for brain development and long-term good health. At last count, almost half the nation’s infants were on WIC which serves people up to 185% of the poverty level. If this program were to be cut, it would affect the poor that already run low on resources and nutritional direction. A number of studies have shown that WIC is associated with better birth outcomes for at-risk populations. WIC has also repeatedly shown to return well- every dollar spent on WIC reduces health care and other costs between 1.77 and 3.50. Why cancel a program that aids women and children at a critical time? This program provides for a healthier society in struggling communities. If it were continued, there would be less health complications and mothers could work after having their children, not hurting the work force. WIC is a program that should be continued: not only does it help women and their children, its goal is to help, aid, and foster a healthy society that would otherwise

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