Since its inception in 1972, the WIC program has been an important source of food for low-income pregnant women, mothers and children. Although there has been a steady increase in the number of people served, approximately 50 percent of eligible recipients are still not receiving WIC benefits. Efforts should be made to include more infants, children and pregnant women in the program by increasing federal funding and/or reducing the cost of the food package at the state level.

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