WIC — the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children – is a program that ensures supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income mothers and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

The program is funded by the federal government and private sources (Nestle Infant Formula Rebates) and is operated through the Oklahoma State Department of Health and multiple tribal governments. A monthly average of 88,643 women, infants and children participated in state and tribal WIC programs in Oklahoma in FFY 2021, according to preliminary federal data, which represents a 16 percent decline in program participation since FFY 2017. The average monthly benefit per participant in Oklahoma was $24.86 in FFY 2021, a 28 percent decline since 2017.