National WIC Association

Barriers to the use of WIC services

Woelfel ML, et al. Barriers to the use of WIC services. J Am Diet Assoc. May 2004;104(5):736-743.

This study identified barriers that deterred parents/caretakers of infants and children enrolled in the WIC Program from taking full advantage of the services provided by the program. Waiting too long was the most frequently cited barrier (48%). Difficulties in bringing the infant/child to recertify and rescheduling appointments were key variables associated with failure to use (i.e., pick up or cash) WIC checks.