Diet Quality of American Young Children by WIC Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2008
This report contains tabulations of dietary measures for children 1–4 years old and describes differences in diet quality between WIC participants and two groups of nonparticipants—those children who were income-eligible for WIC but did not participate in the program, and higher income children who were not eligible for the program. WIC participants were defined as children who were reported to be currently receiving WIC benefits. Income-eligible nonparticipants were defined as children from families with annual income at or below 185 percent of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) poverty guideline. Higher income nonparticipants were defined as children from families with annual income greater than 185 percent of the poverty guideline.