National WIC Association

Advocacy Central

Learn about and take action on our latest WIC-related advocacy activities & efforts.

 


Share Your Story!

On September 17, 2015 the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will markup the reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966.

Leading up to the markup, NWA is collecting stories from WIC participants, service providers and anyone else who has been impacted by WIC.

Participating is easy!

You can share your story with us online or print a postcard (for participants or for staff) and mail it to Hannah Shultz at:

National WIC Association
2001 S Street NW Suite 580
Washington, DC 20009

One side of the post card can be colored if you wish. Before sending, write your city and state on the Grettings line and fill in your elected officials (if you don't know who they are, here is a handy tool). All post cards should be postmarked by August 21, 2015.


Take Action! Tell Congress to Fully Fund WIC in 2016!

Click here to send a letter to Congress requesting that the WIC Program be adequately funded in FY 2016!


What Can I Do to Help?

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 Advocacy vs. 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 Manager/CDC Community Partnership Grant Director, Martelle Esposito, at mesposito@nwica.org or 202-232-5492 with questions.