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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children (WIC)

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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
Women in WIC will now get a $10 voucher each month for fruits and vegetables. This increase was included in the FY 2010 Agricultural Appropriations bill, which passed last October. USDA fast-tracked the release of regulations, included below, along with additional information on the change.

New WIC Food Package: More Fruits and Vegetables for WIC Supports Good Health and Healthy Communities (pdf)

Enhanced WIC Fruit and Vegetable Benefits Summary (pdf)

FY 2010 Estimated Value of Additional $2 per Month in Fruit and Vegetable Benefits for Women (pdf)

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.


USDA Issues Healthy WIC Food Package: It is Time for a Change, You Made It Happen!

The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued their regulations for the new and improved WIC food packages. The new WIC food packages improve the health and nutritional quality of the foods in the program, increase participants’ choices, and expand cultural food options by offering fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread (with the option to substitute whole grain tortillas, rice or other grains) and the option of soymilk and tofu.

Click here for FRAC's statement on the WIC Healthy Food Package.


"Time for a Change"
New WIC Food Package
Toolkit

New WIC Food Package Basic Information | State Advisory Councils
New WIC Foods Tools | WIC Participant Surveys
USDA Information | Additional Resources

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:

  • Create healthy low-income communities and reducing overweight and obesity,
  • Open up access to healthy foods in low-income communities, and
  • Protect families and children from food insecurity.

Toolkit contact: Geri Henchy, ghenchy@frac.org, (202) 986-2200 x3025.


New WIC Food Package Basics:
State and Local Food Package Advisory Councils:

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.

WIC advisory councils fact sheet - WIC Food Package Advisory Councils Can Bring a Diversity of Voices and Support to the Implementation Process (pdf)

Connecticut
District of Columbia
Oregon
WIC Advisory Board
Wisconsin
Tools - New WIC Foods:
WIC Participant Surveys:

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.

USDA Information:
Additional Resources

National WIC Association
California WIC Association
Healthy Corner Stores Network

General WIC Information

Additional Resources:

To learn more, contact: Geri Henchy (202) 986-2200 extension 3025.

 

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