Decline in WIC Participation Has Negative Health Implications for Women and Children

More than 8 million low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to age 5 received benefits in 2014 through WIC — including food, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support. According to a report from the USDA, the program served 80 percent of eligible infants, but just 46 percent of eligible children ages one to five. The report reveals a trend of declining WIC participation.

New USDA Rules for Meals and Snacks in the Child and Adult Care Food Program Promote Healthy Eating Habits

Starting October 1, 2017, all child and adult care centers and child care homes receiving federal funds from CACFP must implement new nutrition standards that include a greater variety of vegetables and fruit, more whole grains, and less added sugar and saturated fat. The new standards also encourage breastfeeding, and better align with WIC and other child nutrition programs, such as school breakfast and lunch.


Poverty Data Highlight the Need for a Strong Safety Net

The U.S. household poverty rate decreased in 2016, according to today’s Census Bureau annual release of income, poverty, and health insurance data. The poverty rate went from 13.5 in 2015 to 12.7 percent in 2016. While this progress is good, it merely underscores that poverty in this country remains much too high.

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