This year WIC families face unprecedented and rapidly evolving challenges, and we feel fortunate to be able to talk to them to capture their experiences. The COVID-19 pandemic and related economic hardships have dramatically impacted WIC-participating families in L.A. County. The Los Angeles County WIC survey is a triennial survey of WIC participants conducted every 3 years since 2005. Since its first administration in 2005, the L.A. County WIC survey has allowed us to delve more deeply into the experiences and health conditions of WIC-participating families. With 6,759 Los Angeles County WIC Survey responses completed, we can get a sense of how COVID-19 has impacted the lives of WIC-participating families. Nearly half (45%) of WIC-participating households have at least one parent working fewer hours due to COVID-19, and 35% have at least one parent who has lost a job due to COVID-19. Childcare usage has also changed, with 73% of families who reported using childcare having changed the amount of childcare in response to the pandemic. Please see these and other data presented in our LAC WIC Survey Data Dashboard.
Welcome to the redesigned L.A. County WIC Data website! We are glad you are interested in learning more about WIC and WIC-participating families in L.A. County, and are excited to share our data with you.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has altered how L.A. County WIC agencies provide services, but WIC continues to serve our families remotely. If you are interested in WIC services and/or enrolling in the program, please visit the PHFE WIC website.
Meanwhile, WIC continues to serve hundreds of thousands of families in L.A. County and you can find data and information going back to 2002 on this website. The data is organized by geography for those interested in learning about specific regions or communities, and by topics for those interested in a more in-depth perspective on specific subjects.
Sugar sweetened beverages (SSB) are closely linked to an increased risk of childhood obesity and other associated adult chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Our research shows that SSB consumption is substantially lower than a decade ago and that WIC children are less likely to consume sugar-sweetened beverages than other low-income children in Los Angeles County.