WIC: Strengthening Families for 40 Years (pdf)

WIC Program (Women, Infants & Children)

The goal of the WIC Program is to decrease the risk of poor birth outcomes and to improve the children’s health during critical stages of growth and development.


For more than 30 years, the San Ysidro Health Center, Infants and Children (WIC) Program has helped pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, stay healthy, and be active. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The WIC program provides checks for nutritious foods, at no cost to participants. Our nutrition counselors and Registered Dietitians offer nutrition education, and our Certified Lactation Educators provide breastfeeding support. We also offer referrals to health care and other services in the community.

To qualify for the San Ysidro Health Center WIC Program, families must meet WIC income guidelines, live in California and have a nutritional need. The program is available regardless of race, color, sex or national origin, and U.S. citizenship is not required to participate in WIC.

The San Ysidro Health Center welcomed the WIC program in 1974. Since then, we serve more than 36,000 San Diegans per month. Our staff speaks English, Spanish and Tagalo and helps communities from five offices in convenient locations.

  WIC is a preventive public health nutrition program which provides the following services: • Nutrition education, both, on-site and online • Breastfeeding support and education • Monthly supplemental healthy foods • Referrals to maternal, prenatal, pediatric and social services