WIC’s Mission

Who we are.

South Dakota WIC is a public health nutrition program that provides information on healthy eating and breastfeeding, referrals to healthcare and other services, and nutritious foods to supplement diets for income-eligible, women who are pregnant or post-partum, infants and children up to age five.

What we do.

South Dakota WIC is here to serve those in need throughout the state by offering:

  • Nutrition education to help South Dakotans make healthy eating choices
  • Breastfeeding education for expectant and new mothers looking to learn more about their infant nutrition options
  • Referrals to set low-income families up with quality medical care
  • Food benefits to help budget-constrained families purchase nutritious groceries at nearly 200 participating businesses statewide

Where we’ve been.

WIC was established in 1972 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Originally conceived as the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, it was renamed WIC in 1994 to emphasize its position as a nutrition program.