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Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) and Related Programs

4513-1002

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY17 $38,990,711 $38,136,830
FY16 $41,797,885 $40,136,830
FY15 $42,078,504 $40,136,830
FY14 $41,952,654 $39,732,030
FY13 $41,521,326 $38,721,617
FY12 $40,208,621 $36,876,617
FY11 $40,438,004 $36,028,884
FY10 $45,030,342 $39,340,092
FY09 $45,271,273 $39,165,092
FY08 $43,229,979 $36,882,592
FY07 $45,141,151 $37,135,523
FY06 $46,064,988 $36,935,601
FY05 $46,336,716 $35,801,048
FY04 $47,728,921 $35,801,048
FY03 $49,760,522 $36,519,385
FY02 $51,660,152 $37,096,300
FY01 $52,888,416 $37,317,495
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC) and Related Programs
11.9%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding and comparison information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.

The Women's, Infants, and Children's (WIC) program is a nutrition program that serves low- and moderate-income pregnant women and small children. The program is particularly aimed at women and children who are at risk for poor nutrition, and children form the largest category of WIC participants

The WIC program is a federal program that was created in the early 1970s to respond to concerns about poor nutrition among women and pre-school children. The program is administered by local agencies, and receives both federal and state funds. Residents of Massachusetts are eligible for the WIC program if they have incomes below 185% FPL, have nutritional need (as determined by WIC staff), and are either a child under five, a new mother, or a pregnant or breastfeeding woman (a parent or guardian may apply for WIC on behalf of his or her child). Families enrolled in certain benefit programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, or TANF are automatically eligible for the program. WIC program sites are located in non-profit agencies, health centers and hospitals across the state.

WIC enrollees receive vouchers and checks that allow them get free nutritious foods and baby formula at authorized grocery stores and pharmacies. The program also provides nutrition education and counseling and referrals to health care providers and other social service programs. The bulk of funding for the program comes in the form of a federal grant that pays for both food and administrative costs. WIC is not an entitlement program, however, and the Congress must authorize federal funding for the program each year. The WIC program also receives funding via rebates from infant formula manufacturers (see 4513-1012). State funding from this line item allows the program to serve more participants—in Massachusetts about 85 percent of individuals who are estimated to be eligible receive benefits, compared to a level of around 60 percent in other states.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY18 Leg $38,069,725 $38,069,725
FY18 Sen $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 SWM $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 Hou $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 HWM $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY18 Gov $39,036,830 $39,036,830
FY17 $38,990,711 $38,136,830

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

* Funding information includes all line-items listed above. Download the spreadsheet to see funding levels for individual line-items.