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Learn about and take action on our latest WIC-related advocacy activities & efforts.To learn about the latest policy news, check out our blog!

 


WIC Advocacy Toolkit

No one knows WIC as well as WIC staff! That knowledge and experience present you and your colleagues with the unique opportunity to be a Voice for WIC. The National WIC Association has an online toolkit to walk you through a variety of advocacy activities with tips, worksheets, and examples of how you can elevate your WIC voice.

In this toolkit you will find:


What Can I Do to Help?

  • Email, call or visit your representative. Use this search tool to find your elected officials and their contact info.

What Should I Say to My Representative?

  • Share your State’s WIC profile for state-specific data and participant stories.
  • Watch what other NWA members had to say about talking with policymakers in the video below.

Is This Advocacy or Lobbying?

  • This is a lobbying activity. If your job is funded through the government, you can send the email during your break time or after work.
  • Not all advocacy efforts are lobbying. Advocacy is not lobbying when you’re informing members of Congress about WIC, and highlighting WIC’s achievements: You are educat­ing policymakers about WIC. This helps promote a positive image of WIC, and hopefully translates into favorable WIC policies in the future.
  • Examples of Non-Lobbying Advocacy: Clearing up misconceptions about WIC; Explaining the positive impacts of the improved WIC food packages; Describing the importance of Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and convey WIC successes.
  • For more specifics, read When Does Advocacy Become Lobbying?

Other WIC-Related Advocacy

We engage in various public health-related advocacy issues. Check back for updates on other ways you can take action to support WIC!

How Can I Learn More About WIC Policy?

Contact our government affairs team:

  • Elisabet Eppes, eeppes@nwica.org, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs
  • Alison Hard, ahard@nwica.org, Senior Associate, Federal Government Affairs