National WIC Association

Want to Fight for the Safety of WIC Families? Join the #WICWaiversWork Campaign

September 4, 2020
Categories: COVID-19 Toolkit WIC Waivers

Thank you for standing up on behalf of WIC families! We'll walk you through the instructions to join our campaign.

First, pick a message to share and write it down. Then, hold up your note and take a photo of yourself wearing a mask. The final step is to post your image to social media! Below, we've broken down each step with more details.

Message Options

Please choose a message that resonates with you:

  • Keep pregnant women and new parents safe. #WICWaiversWork
  • States need the flexibility to keep moms and babies safe. #WICWaiversWork
  • Protecting WIC families is a no-cost provision. #WICWaiversWork
  • Dear USDA: Protect WIC moms and babies from COVID-19. #WICWaiversWork
  • Do right by moms and babies. Extend remote WIC services. #WICWaiversWork
  • Keep moms and babies from going into clinics during COVID-19. #WICWaiversWork
  • Waivers ensure healthy pregnancies and child development. Extend WIC waivers. #WICWaiversWork
  • Protect families from COVID-19. Extend WIC Waivers #WICWaiversWork
  • Dear USDA: Ensure the continuation of safe WIC service delivery. #WICWaiversWork

Taking Your Photo

After writing your message on a notecard or piece of paper, hold it up or tape it to your mask. Then grab your phone and take a selfie!

Social Media Language

The last step is the most important: Share your message on social media. Talk to people about the importance of these waivers, and encourage them to join the cause! And remember — attach your photo and use #WICWaiversWork when you post!

If you're not quite sure what to say, here are some messaging examples:

  • Join me and @NatWICAssoc in calling on @SecretarySonny and @USDA to extend #WIC waivers for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. WIC providers need the flexibility to keep pregnant women, babies, and kids safe! 
  • USDA is running out of time. On September 30, critical flexibilities for WIC providers will expire. Join me and call on @SecretarySonny and @USDA to extend remote services and keep WIC families safe for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • #WICWaiversWork because they keep pregnant moms, families, and children safe. @NatWICAssoc @USDA @SecretarySonny

  • Join @NatWICAssoc in calling on @SecretarySonny and @USDA to protect WIC families from COVID-19 by extending remote WIC services. #WICWaiversWork! 

  • There is no reason states should be deprived of the flexibility they need to safely operate. There is no reason WIC families should be forced to show up in-person to receive nutrition assistance during a global pandemic. Tell @USDA to extend remote WIC services! #WICWaiversWork 

  • Join @NatWICAssoc and me in advocating for WIC families. Tell @SecretarySonny and @USDA it is critical to extend WIC flexibilities immediately. #WICWaiversWork, and the nutrition of our future generation depends on them.

Other Ways to Advocate

  • Join our Twitter chat on September 15. We'll discuss what WIC waivers are and why they are so important for the safety of the WIC community. If your organization or agency would like to participate, please email Whitney Dawn Carlson, Marketing Communications Manager at NWA (
  • Send a letter to USDA urging them to extend WIC waivers. NWA has developed a template that your local agency can draw from and adapt.
  • Lastly, find even more ways to speak out for WIC families in our Advocacy Toolkit.