National WIC Association

Impact of Potential Changes to WIC Food Packages

In January 2017 the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) published their final report Reviewing the WIC Food Package: Improving Balance and Choice. The report, written by an Expert Committee charged with reviewing the current WIC food package and making recommendations for changes, provides a detailed account of how the WIC food package could be improved to better support the mission of WIC while maintaining cost neutrality.

NASEM’s process of collecting and reviewing the available data to make recommendations illuminated areas where additional research would be valuable. Importantly, a number of the recommendations for research, if pursued, would provide more robust data that could a) inform future reviews of the WIC food package and b) enable states to compare data with one another.

NASEM recommended in their report that FNS fund and support research to:

In addition to the NASEM recommendations above, research on the impact of potential changes to the WIC food packages on vendors and communities would be helpful in documenting broader effects.