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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
WIC is a preventive program providing low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy and early childhood. The creation of WIC in 1974 was one response to the realization that hunger and poverty were widespread in this country and that inadequate nutrition poses real dangers to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children. Today, WIC serves over 9.2 million women, infants and children.
To find a local WIC clinic in your state, click here for a list of toll-free numbers to call, on USDA's Food & Nutrition Service Web site.
WIC Increases Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers in 2010
Federal Register notice: WIC Revisions in the WIC Food Packages Rule to Increase Cash Value Vouchers for Women (pdf)
State agencies have until April 30, 2010 to implement the new voucher amount. Over the next five years, these additional benefits will be worth a quarter of a billion dollars in additional fruit and vegetables for women in the WIC program. Advocates should urge their states to implement the new benefit as soon as possible.
This toolkit provides tools, information and resources to help you work effectively to maximize the value of the new WIC food package in your city or state. The new WIC food package has the potential to play a vitally important role in helping state and local efforts to:
Toolkit contact: Geri Henchy, firstname.lastname@example.org, (202) 986-2200 x3025.
WIC advisory councils can help ensure the success of the new WIC food package by bringing a diversity of voices and support to the food package planning and implementation process.
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OregonWIC Advisory Board
Surveys to establish WIC participant preferences, attitudes, and shopping and consumption habits as they relate to the new foods and food package changes will be key to an effective planning and implementation process.
To learn more, contact: Geri Henchy (202) 986-2200 extension 3025.
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