WIC, the USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, is a regional, federally funded health care program. The Town of East Hartford has administered this agency for the past 35 years. WIC provides supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and ensures the provision of medical insurance and immunizations to approximately 4,500 low-income families in a 19-town eastern Connecticut area.
Each year, WIC disburses over 3 million dollars in food vouchers and provides maternal and child health assistance through the conduct of nearly 25,000 patient visits. The agency is credited for reducing infant mortality, anemia, obesity and low birth weight babies and for assisting children during their critical stages of growth and development. WIC participation is based upon the determination of nutritional risk and meeting income eligibility guidelines. To inquire about WIC eligibility, call (860) 291-7190.