Fewer Than Half of WIC-Eligible Families Receive WIC Benefits

Source: Kristin Smith, Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire, National Issue Brief #102, Summer 2016

From the summary:
Key Findings:
• Fewer than half (43 percent) of WIC income- eligible families with young children received WIC nutrition benefits in 2014.
• Among eligible families, receipt of WIC benefits was more likely among families in which the head of household was poorer, less educated, non-white, unmarried, or unemployed.
• About half of eligible families living at less than 50 percent of the poverty line and one-third living between 100 percent and 185 percent of poverty received WIC benefits.
• Participation in WIC was greater in rural than urban areas (46 versus 42 percent). Rural foreign-born families reported higher rates of WIC receipt than their urban counterparts (54 percent versus 44 percent).
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