May 14, 2024

Thriving PA Releases 2024 Fact Sheets for WIC Supplemental Nutrition Program

Thriving PA has released its 2024 state and county fact sheets for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The fact sheets provide comprehensive data on WIC eligibility and participation.

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WIC plays an important role in providing essential nutrition to infants, toddlers, and pregnant and postpartum mothers. Children need access to nutrition to ensure that their growing bodies remain healthy and develop as they should.

Key data points from the 2024 fact sheets include:

  • Total WIC participation statewide is 180,885 individuals, or 61% of the eligible WIC population.
  • WIC participation rates have continued to grow since the program’s low in February 2022, when only 50% of eligible participants were enrolled.
  • Children ages one to five account for 55% of WIC participants, followed by infants at 23%.

WIC Anniversary

The release of the 2024 fact sheets coincides with the 50th anniversary of WIC in Pennsylvania. Services were first offered in Allegheny County in May 1974. Gov. Josh Shapiro’s administration recently celebrated the anniversary declaring May 2024 as WIC month in Pennsylvania.

For more information, view WIC state and county fact sheets on Thriving PA’s website.