Bureau of Nutrition Services


The USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC, provides foods, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding promotion, breastfeeding support and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children.

Louisiana WIC currently provides services to nearly 147,000 participants a month throughout 114 clinic sites

The impacts of WIC have been well documented and include: - 20 to 33 percent reduction in late fetal death rates - longer pregnancies leading to fewer premature births and reducing the number of low birth weight infants - each dollar spent on WIC represents savings in health care costs from $1.77 to $3.13

Louisiana Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), another USDA nutrition program, is designed to supplement the diets of low-income pregnant and post-partal women, children up to age of 6 and seniors over the age of 60 - One of 26 CSFP programs nationwide, Louisiana's CSFP is the third largest with 68,085 participants

WIC participants may also meet the income eligibility guidelines for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), offered through the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services. Learn more about SNAP and find out if you qualify >>

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