VT Celebrates 40th Anniversary of WIC Program

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/07 2014 10:51AM

Updated 04/07 2014 10:55AM

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Vermont is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the WIC program. 

A press release says Vermont was the first state in the nation to offer WIC services statewide. 

"Support is particularly important for first-time parents who have lots of questions about infant nutrition and behavior," said WIC Program Director Donna Bister. "These families benefit from WIC's combination of healthy foods, nutrition counseling and help accessing health care services. They know they can come to us as public health professionals, and get help in a supportive and friendly environment."

WIC provides food to help meet the nutritional needs of pregnant women, new mothers, and children through age 5. 

The Vermont Health Department says nearly 15,500 Vermonters, including 12,000 children benefit from WIC. 

The program was established in 1974.

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