California Women, Infants and Children Program Redemption by County
This file contains data on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, specifically the number of participants who redeemed food vouchers by participant category both by county and statewide. In addition, it provides the number of food vouchers redeemed and dollar value of the food vouchers redeemed in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 on a month-to-month basis. The corresponding calendar months are based upon reference to the first day on which the food vouchers were valid to be used (the obligation month). Some of the monthly variation in the data can be attributed to the number of days and holidays in a month. Participant redeemed data in this dataset will not match published monthly participant reports as some certified participants are enrolled but do not receive or redeem food vouchers (i.e. fully breastfeeding infant)
The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program that provides assistance to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children under age five. WIC helps California families by providing food vouchers to individual participants based on their nutritional need and risk assessment. The food vouchers can be used to purchase healthy supplemental foods from over 4,000 WIC authorized vendor stores throughout the State. WIC also provides nutritional education, breastfeeding support, healthcare referrals and other community services. Participants must meet income guidelines and other criteria. Currently, 83 WIC agencies provide services monthly to approximately one million participants at over 650 sites in local communities throughout the State.