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No family should have to worry about being able to put food on the table, purchase specialized infant formula for their tube-fed baby, or receive breastfeeding support. States that administer the WIC program should never have to make decisions about how to handle such limited and uncertain funding. WIC is currently sitting on the edge of a financial cliff. The longer the shutdown drags on, the closer WIC gets to falling off the edge, imperiling the health of 7 million mothers and their babies and young children. Please join us in taking action to tell Congress that the shutdown must end now.
It is important to inform members of Congress about the role of WIC breastfeeding peer counselors as the fiscal year 2020 appropriations cycle begins here in DC this winter. The appropriations process will determine the funding level for the program moving forward, and NWA hopes we can achieve full funding at the authorized level of $90 million. For nearly a decade, the program has been underfunded at $60 million, which is not sufficient to allow all clinics to provide peer counselor services.
Please contact your Members of Congress today to ask them to support breastfeeding peer counselors.
Please Note: These are lobbying actions.
As a reminder, it is your democratic right to lobby. Lobbying is a particular type of advocacy involving an attempt to influence specific legislation by communicating directly with an elected official or his or her staff. Each state has specific laws for state employees about lobbying efforts while on the job. We recommend limiting lobbying efforts to coffee breaks, lunch breaks, after hours and other times not considered “work time.”
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:
We engage in various public health-related advocacy issues. Check back for updates on other ways you can take action to support WIC!