You may encounter the following criticism of WIC: The WIC food package is too restrictive and should be more like SNAP. Here are some suggestions for how to respond if and when you encounter this claim:
Sample Talking Points:
Peer-Reviewed Literature to Corroborate these Points:
1 Tester J, Leung C, Crawford P (2016) Revised WIC Food Package and Children’s Diet Quality. Pediatrics. April 2016.
2 Andreyeva T, Tipp A (2016) The healthfulness of food and beverage purchases after the federal food package revisions: The case of two New England states. Preventive Medicine Vol.91.
3 Andreyeva, T, Luedicke J (2013) Federal Food Package Revisions Effects on Purchases of Whole Grain Products. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 45 (4): 422-429.
4 Andreyeva T, et al. (2012) Positive influence of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children food packages on access to healthy foods. J Acad Nutr Diet. Jun Vol. 112 Issue. 6:850-858.
5 Hillier A, et al. (2012) The impact of WIC food package changes on access to healthful food in two low income urban neighborhoods. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Vol.44(3):210-216.
6 Chiasson MA, et al. (2013) Changing WIC changes what children eat. Obesity. Vol. 21 Issue.7 1423 1429.
7 Whaley S, et al. (2012) Revised WIC food package improves diets of WIC families. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. Vol. 44 Issue 3:204-209.
8 Havens EK, et al. (2012) Federal nutrition program changes and healthy food availability. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Vol.43 Issue 4:419-422.
WIC Testimonial Refuting this Claim:
"My husband lost his job and has had his salary cut at his new job so our budget is limited. Through our monthly vouchers I am able to supplement our grocery budget, buy fruits/veggies that would otherwise be over our budget, and provide my family w/much needed staple items. We also receive knowledge and support about any feeding issues that may arise. WIC services have been an answer to prayer and a much appreciated financial support during out time of need." --WIC Participant, Tennessee