National WIC Association

Advocacy Central

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

 


WIC Waiver Extension Toolkit

USDA is running out of time. In one month, critical flexibilities for WIC providers will expire. Join the National WIC Association (NWA) in calling for USDA to exercise its authority to extend remote services and keep WIC families safe for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Get involved with this advocacy toolkit from NWA — complete with social media messaging, blog posts, and examples of how you can elevate your WIC voice.

Included in this toolkit:

Vote! Make your voice heard.

Did you know that voter registration services are available through WIC?

Learn more in the video below from Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of NWA.


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. This toolkit from the National WIC Association walks 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:

Where Can I Learn More About Current WIC Policy Issues?

Our publications page has links to many other NWA-produced fact sheets, papers, and reports about the WIC program that provide background and context for current WIC policy issues.


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 conveying 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: