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November 22, 2022
Native American Heritage Month: Anna Calabaza

In this special audio blogpost, listen to Anna Calabaza, supervsior at the Santo Domingo Pueblo WIC Program, recount making deliveries through COVID-19, the community bonds she builds with WIC kids and moms, and much more.


October 31, 2022
5 Reasons to Renew Your NWA Membership

It’s that time of year - time to renew your NWA membership! Read about the top 5 reasons to be an NWA member!


October 12, 2022
Announcing NWA's New President & CEO: Dr. Jamila Taylor!

NWA is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Jamila Taylor (she/her) as our new President and CEO!


September 21, 2022
National Breastfeeding Month Panel Discussions Wrap Up

Throughout the month of August, NWA along with 1000 Days held a series of panel discussions centered around breastfeeding in different types of communities for #NationalBreastfeedingMonth. Read this blog post to find highlights and links to the full recordings!


July 23, 2022
NWA Fellow Spotlight: Sarah Younker

The inaugural National WIC Association (NWA) Fellowship Program consists of four Fellows from across the WIC workforce to learn the WIC legislative and regulatory processes, develop relationships with their respective Congressional delegations, and build grassroots advocacy capacity in their state


June 10, 2022
What is the True Value of WIC?

Juliane Ribeiro, CLE Senior Health Technician at Utah County WIC shares an experience demonstrating the impact of WIC on a family.


March 24, 2022
5 Fast Facts About WIC

Check out this listicle on five fast facts about the WIC program written by NWA's Spring Dietic Intern, Pamela Hawkins. 


March 14, 2022
National Nutrition Month Spotlight: Reanna Plourde 

To celebrate National Nutrition Month, NWA will be spotlighting members who are registered dietitians and/or nutritionists about the nutrition education and support they give to millions of WIC participants across the country.

Check back throughout March for more member spotlights! 


March 10, 2022
Celebrate The First Anniversary of the American Rescue Plan Act with Updated CVB Testimonial Toolkit


March 10, 2022
Macomb County WIC Strive to Change Culture in WIC

Macomb County Health Department WIC Program, in Michigan, is one of seven subgrantees of the Advancing Health Equity to Achieve Diversity and Inclusion (AHEAD) in WIC project. Martha Brooks, Public Health Services Coordinator for the Macomb County Health Department WIC Program, 37-year WIC veteran, and her administrative team set out to accomplish “a promising practice related to improving equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in WIC research, policy, and practice” with the implementation of an EDI workshop series for WIC staff to address health and racial inequities in Macomb County. In addition, the administrative team developed an EDI mission and vision for the health department and changed the internal culture of their agency.

Categories: Array

March 2, 2022
#ShareYourPlate (National Nutrition Month) Campaign


February 23, 2022
Infant Formula Crisis Social Media Toolkit

Categories: Product Recall Toolkit

February 4, 2022
Liberty City WIC: Expanding Innovation and Outreach for Black WIC Families

To celebrate Black History Month, check out this blog post, Liberty City WIC: Expanding Innovation and Outreach for Black WIC Families, from the Breastfeeding Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health at Miami-Dade County WIC Program, Cheryl Lorie, on why inclusivity and engagement toward Black families are vital to strengthening the WIC program.


January 27, 2022
Urge Congress with NWA to #ExtendTheWICBump Before Feburary 18

Join NWA for a Tweetstorm on February 3 to tell Congress to #ExtendTheWICBump before the continuing resolution expires to ensure participants will not lose those critical benefits. 


January 7, 2022
A Final Message from Rev. Douglas Greenaway, NWA President & CEO

A final message from NWA's President and CEO, Rev. Douglas Greenaway.


December 7, 2021
NWA Remembers WIC Advocate, Longtime Senator Bob Dole

On Sunday, former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS) passed away at age 98 after being diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. Senator Dole served nearly three decades in the Senate, worked as a leader of Senate Republicans for over a decade, and was the Republican nominee for president in 1996


November 8, 2021
Learn About the Newly Formed WIC Technology Resource Group!

The National WIC Association (NWA) is thrilled to announce the formation of the WIC Technology Resource Group, a resource and learning partnership between NWA and Nava, a government technology consultancy and public benefit corporation (Nava PBC), and with contributions from Code for America, a nonprofit focused on digital tools for government. This partnership will serve as a knowledge sharing group aligned in our vision of using technology to improve the accessibility of WIC services and enhance the WIC participant experience.


December 6, 2021
Updated CVB Toolkit

The National WIC Association has created a toolkit with graphics in various sizes to help agencies promote the updated Cash Value Benefit amounts. 


July 22, 2021
National Breastfeeding Month Toolkit

August 1 marks the beginning of National Breastfeeding Month; celebrate with us all month long!  


June 25, 2021
Protecting Pregnant Women and Children From Disinfectant Chemical Exposure

To protect expectant mothers and their families, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) has developed an educational campaign on the safer use of disinfectants. Titled Clean Away COVID, the campaign offers guidance on simple cleaning practices, as well as when, how and which disinfectants to use if someone at home is sick with an infectious disease.


June 14, 2021
WIC Food Package Report Toolkit

We invite you to download this toolkit with graphics to promote the report on social media.


June 2, 2021
2021 Annual Conference Session Preview: Antiracism Training for WIC Nutrition Professionals


June 3, 2021
2021 Annual Conference Session Preview: Language Equity in Lactation Care


May 18, 2021
Statement on PFAS Study

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, researchers published a study that found elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in breastmilk.


May 11, 2021
WIC's Cash Value Benefit (CVB) Increase: What Does It Mean For Me?

USDA has allowed state agencies to temporarily increase the fruit and vegetable cash-value benefit. Learn what that means for you!


May 6, 2021
Lessons Learned from COVID-19: The Ongoing Need for Remote WIC Services

As WIC providers mobilized to ensure uninterrupted services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recognized the need to waive in-person requirements to permit remote services and telehealth appointments. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act waived physical presence requirements and allowed WIC providers to conduct nutrition risk assessments via telephone or two-way video calls. WIC families have long identified physical presence requirements as a barrier to ongoing participation due to barriers such as transportation, taking time off work, or childcare. Looking forward, Congress could modify the physical presence requirements beyond the pandemic.


April 21, 2021
The Chauvin Verdict: A Step toward Our Collective Futures

WIC resides at the crucial nexus of public health and social justice. Our families are of every ethnicity, race, culture, faith, and creed known to humankind. This calls us to leave our biases at the door, better still to work to unpack them, and dispose of them.


March 25, 2021
Senate Hearing Prioritizes WIC Access to Improve Child Nutrition Outcomes

Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing on child nutrition to inform legislative activity to enhance access to healthy foods for children in the next Child Nutrition Reauthorization. The child nutrition programs – including WIC – have not been fully reauthorized since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.


March 18, 2021
The WIC Act: A Wise Investment

The Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act) is an essential step in closing nutrition gaps and enhancing WIC support access.


March 9, 2021
Baby Food & Heavy Metals: What Parents Need to Know

Information for parents and caregivers on heavy metals in infant foods. 


February 27, 2021
House Passes Urgent COVID-19 Relief with Important WIC Investments

Today, in a 219-209 vote, the House passed the American Rescue Plan, comprehensive COVID-19 public health and economic relief proposed by the Biden-Harris Administration. The House bill includes $880 million in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including $490 million to enhance benefits for four months and $390 million in outreach, innovation, and program modernization funding.


February 10, 2021
National WIC Association Releases Inaugural State of WIC Report

Earlier today, the National WIC Association released the inaugural State of WIC Report on the WIC Hub, a centralized collection of resources covering a wide range of WIC-related topics. The report—supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation—is a unified resource for WIC providers, administrators, and researchers to showcase the landscape of WIC services and emerging WIC program priorities throughout 2020, including the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


February 8, 2021
WIC Investments Kick Start Essential Support for Babies and Young Children’s Health

This afternoon, the House Education and Labor Committee unveiled draft legislation to be marked up on Tuesday afternoon.


February 5, 2021
Congressional Report Finds Toxins in Baby Food Products

Yesterday, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a report that found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals" in certain baby foods.  The panel tested Nurture Inc, Hain Celestial Group Inc, Beech-Nut Nutrition, and Gerber, a unit of Nestle. Walmart Inc, Campbell Soup Company and Sprout Organic Foods refused to cooperate. Earth Best is a current member of NWA, while Beechnut, and Gerber are past members.


February 1, 2021
Amid Bipartisan Calls for WIC Investments, COVID Relief Must Do Right for our Children

Following the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a group of ten Senate Republicans has put forth a $618 billion proposal to provide more targeted relief. Both of these plans include an investment of $3 billion in WIC.

Categories: COVID-19 Press Release

January 29, 2021
COVID Recovery Could Build Better WIC Services to Improve Health Outcomes for Moms, Babies, and Young Kids

As Congress considers additional legislation to provide relief during COVID-19, President Biden and Vice President Harris have proposed $3 billion in multi-year investments to strengthen the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). This is a strong commitment to reinvest in WIC’s quality nutrition services to improve health outcomes for pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children under age five.


January 14, 2021
Biden-Harris Plan Delivers Strong Framework to Build Back Better

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris released a comprehensive COVID-19 relief proposal. In the proposal, Biden and Harris call for a $3 billion investment in WIC to expand access to nutritious foods for new and expectant parents, infants, and young children during the pandemic.

Categories: COVID-19 Press Release

January 7, 2021
Statement from NWA's CEO on Invasion of US Capitol

"At this moment, we can be nothing less than honest about what we saw. A conspiracy-crazed mob, incited by lies championed by the 45th President of the United States — at a rally organized to disrupt the solemn last step in the constitutional process of validating the federal election — invaded our sacred seat of American democracy, the People’s House – the United States Capitol building."


December 21, 2020
COVID Relief Agreement Only First Step in Addressing Hunger

On Sunday evening, Congressional leaders announced an end-of-year spending deal that includes about $900 billion in additional COVID-related aid. The announcement promises a six-month increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and creates a USDA task force on online purchasing in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The announcement notably does not include a bipartisan proposal to increase WIC benefits for fruits and vegetables.


December 14, 2020
Why Your Gift Matters: Improving Maternal Health and Birth Outcomes

NWA has advocated for WIC to be integrated into comprehensive measures to reduce the risk of maternal mortality and resolve racial disparities in maternal health. NWA’s legislative, regulatory, and policy efforts aim to integrate a health equity lens into all WIC-related advocacy efforts.


December 14, 2020
Why Your Gift Matters: Keeping WIC Families Safe During COVID-19

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NWA has steadfastly fought for increased flexibility to keep WIC participants, clinic staff, and their families safe from exposure to the virus. NWA’s advocacy – in Washington and through grassroots activism by our national membership – was vital in securing flexibilities for the duration of the national public health emergency.


December 9, 2020
Strong WIC Developments in USDA Secretary Pick, Bipartisan COVID Relief

News reports confirm that President-Elect Joe Biden will select former Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to reprise his role as USDA chief. NWA has outlined a number of important steps that Secretary Vilsack can take, when confirmed, to enhance access to WIC services, strengthen the food package, and improve health outcomes for WIC families.

 

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of legislators unveiled a $908 billion framework for the Bipartisan Emergency COVID Relief Act of 2020, a new attempt to provide meaningful economic relief for those impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the urging of the National WIC Association, the bipartisan framework includes a short-term increase to the Cash Value Benefit, which would authorize higher WIC benefit levels for fruit and vegetable purchases.


November 20, 2020
CREW Awardee: Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)


November 10, 2020
Senate Unveils FY 2021 Appropriations Bills, Including WIC Funding

This morning, the Senate Appropriations Committee unveiled a series of spending bills for fiscal year 2021, including the Agriculture Appropriations bill that funds WIC. This signals that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will prioritize passing the full appropriations bills before the continuing resolution expires on December 11, resolving the appropriations process before a presidential transition occurs in January. Action on the appropriations package before December 11 – or another continuing resolution – is necessary to avert a government shutdown.


November 9, 2020
NWA Congratulates President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris

The National WIC Association offers our sincere congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris. In the midst of a global pandemic, Biden and Harris have demonstrated unwavering focus on access to healthcare, on controlling the COVID virus, tackling the climate crisis, and a steadfast commitment to rebuilding an economy for all Americans. In his acceptance speech, Biden noted that America can be defined in one word: possibilities. 


October 2, 2020
Public Health Emergency Declaration Renewed, WIC Flexibilities in Place Until Mid-February 2021

Less than one day after President Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar announced that the national public health emergency declaration for COVID-19 will be extended. By law, the HHS Secretary must renew the declaration every ninety days for urgent flexibilities to remain active. The renewal takes effect on October 23 and can be further renewed before January 21, 2021.


October 1, 2020
COVID Relief Uncertain as Congress Passes WIC Waivers Extension

With only six hours to spare, the Senate approved a continuing resolution last evening by a vote of 84-10. The President signed the continuing resolution later in the evening, averting a last-minute government shutdown by extending federal funding through December 11.

 

The House approved the bipartisan agreement last week shortly after it was reached by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. After months of pressing for additional investments in child nutrition, Speaker Pelosi secured an additional $8 billion in child nutrition programs in the legislation. Crucially, the continuing resolution includes an extension of USDA waiver authority for WIC and other child nutrition programs through September 30, 2021.


September 29, 2020
In Bid for Bipartisan Deal, House Democrats Release Compromise COVID Relief Proposal

After four months of stalled negotiations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) unveiled a $2.2 trillion compromise proposal for COVID-19 relief last evening. The proposal reduces aid and investments from the original $3.4 trillion included in the HEROES Act that passed the House in May, only to be ignored by the Senate and Administration. Nonetheless, it invests over $1 trillion more than Senate proposals released in late July.


September 28, 2020
State Spotlight: Nevada WIC Implements Innovative Delivery Program

Nevada WIC worked with their health department, legislators, and advocates to develop a plan for WIC online ordering to maintain WIC participation and create a more equitable shopping experience for WIC families. With a unified coalition and champions in leadership across state agencies, Nevada WIC was able to tap into a portion of CARES Act funding to support home delivery for WIC food items. Nevada WIC has showcased the significant success that comes from working in partnership towards common goals – increasing access to WIC while also protecting WIC families from increased exposure to COVID-19.


September 22, 2020
Congress Sustains Bipartisan Consensus for WIC, Child Nutrition Flexibilities

Earlier this evening, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan agreement to extend government funding through December 11, 2020. The continuing resolution includes an additional $8 billion in nutrition aid by extending the Pandemic-EBT Program, as well as critical provisions that extend U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver authority for WIC and other child nutrition programs through September 2021. Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, issued the following statement in response.


September 21, 2020
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Passes!

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act. The National WIC Association has actively supported this critical legislation, sponsored by Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and John Katko (R-NY), which ensures that no pregnant worker has to choose between the health of their pregnancy or their livelihood. Kara Kerrigan, WIC Director of Fond du Lac County in Wisconsin, and Sue Taylor, Manager of Early Childhood Services and WIC of Beacon Community Impact in Indiana, joined fellow advocates on a national advocacy day organized by NWA and a coalition of advocates in February 2020 to build support and raise awareness of this legislation in congressional offices.


September 21, 2020
NWA Secures Continued WIC Flexibilities throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

This morning, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of WIC flexibilities until thirty days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency. Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, issued the following statement in response.


September 17, 2020
National WIC Association Applauds House Passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

This afternoon, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2694, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, in a bipartisan vote of 329-73. Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, offers the following statement in response:

 

“It is time for federal law to reflect the realities of working women. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act is a common-sense and long overdue measure that will ensure no woman will have to choose between the health of her pregnancy and her livelihood. Today’s vote demonstrates broad bipartisan support to take the necessary steps to assure healthy pregnancies."


September 14, 2020
WIC Families Would Benefit from the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

This Thursday, the full House of Representatives will vote on the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (H.R. 2694), critical legislation that will ensure no pregnant worker should have to choose between the health of their pregnancy or their livelihood. This bill would require employers to provide reasonable accommodations on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. 


August 31, 2020
WIC Providers, Medical Community Urge USDA to Immediately Extend COVID-Related Flexibilities

The National WIC Association (NWA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) jointly call on USDA to act immediately to extend the waivers for the remainder of the COVID-19 emergency. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting increased risks of severe illness and adverse pregnancy outcomes for pregnant persons who contract COVID-19, it is imperative that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) empower states with all the available flexibilities to ensure the safety of pregnant persons, new parents, and their babies and young children.


August 31, 2020
State Spotlight: Colorado WIC Streamlines Referrals, Maximizes Community Partnerships

Nationwide WIC providers have stepped up with innovative strategies to support families with accessing WIC’s vital nutrition support and breastfeeding counseling. Many WIC providers have had to safely increase their outreach in the community and online to meet the increasing number of families eligible for WIC due to the pandemic. In 2018, Colorado WIC launched an online referral form, which has only become even more helpful throughout the pandemic. In April 2020, WIC online referrals increased by 85%. Colorado WIC Director Heidi Hoffman appreciates staff and community partners, “for their willingness to try new ideas to better serve our families and provide more families with WIC services.”


August 26, 2020
Tonce Jackson, Health Equity Champion

As Health Equity Manager, I have led our agency in a series of trainings, including equity, diversity, and inclusion, conversations on race, micro-aggressions, and implicit bias.


August 25, 2020
Adela Garcia, Health Equity Champion

In July of 2019, I took a different path in my healthcare journey and joined the WIC program of the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Shortly afterwards, I developed a strategic action plan to collaborate and increase awareness of our WIC program in the Hospital.


August 21, 2020
Diane Landy, Health Equity Champion

My health equity achievement is a literacy based event which targets WIC participants and potential WIC participants. It promotes the WIC program, the importance of reading to infants shortly after being born using dialogic reading techniques, an awareness of healthy foods, and has long-term potential to reduce health disparities.


August 20, 2020
Adrianna Bradley, Health Equity Champion

I am honored to have been selected as a Health Equity Champion for the National WIC Association’s Advancing Health Equity to Achieve Diversity & Inclusion (AHEAD) in WIC project. Health equity is about making sure that all people have the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.


August 19, 2020
Stacy Davis, Health Equity Champion

As a former WIC participant and current WIC professional, I am able to apply personal experience, education, and technical knowledge and skills to cultivate quality breastfeeding programs. Since June 2016, I have had the privilege to hold the title as the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services WIC Division’s Regional Lactation Consultant for the Metro (Detroit) region- serving Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties.


August 19, 2020
Introducing NWA's Health Equity Champions

The Champions come from five of the seven USDA-FNS regions and have direct experience coordinating and implementing health equity projects within WIC. The group also has expertise in a wide range of WIC professional roles. Throughout the next two weeks, we will highlight each of the seven Champions on our blog and social media.


August 14, 2020
18 Health and Medical Organizations Strongly Oppose EPA’s Move to Rollback Protections from Oil and Gas Pollution, Needlessly Endangering Americans’ Health

In response to the EPA's announcement that it is finalizing its proposal to weaken methane protections from the EPA’s New Source Performance Standards, NWA joined the American Lung Association and 16 other public health and environmental organizations to issue a statement calling on the EPA to keep standards fully in place to limit air pollution and protect public health.


August 10, 2020
State Spotlight: How South Carolina WIC Creatively Supports Breastfeeding Moms

This pandemic has wedged physical distance between families and their support systems, posing significant challenges for new mothers who are navigating parenthood. However, South Carolina’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and IBCLCs have found creative ways to connect and support new WIC moms throughout the pandemic. South Carolina’s WIC Director, Berry Kelly applauds the entire SC WIC team and states that "our team has ensured that WIC has remained a steady, consistent nutritional and public health support for mothers, babies, and children."


August 9, 2020
Administration Officials Flounder as Millions Wait for Nutrition Assistance

WASHINGTON – This morning, the New York Times reported that: “[a]t one point during one of the negotiations, Mr. Mnuchin had inquired what WIC, a nutritional program specifically for women, infants and children, was, according to a person familiar with the talks.”


August 17, 2020
State Spotlight: New Hampshire WIC Reaches Newly Eligible Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant job and income loss for families across the nation. Programs like WIC have served as a safety net for an increasing number of newly eligible families. New Hampshire WIC in particular has seen an average increase of 12% in WIC participation.


July 31, 2020
WIC Providers in All 50 States, Public Health Organizations Urge Congress to Extend Waiver Authority for the Sake of Health and Safety

Over 60 national organizations and over 350 local service-provider agencies from all 50 states are calling on Congress to extend U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver authority for WIC in the next COVID-response package.


July 24, 2020
World Breastfeeding Week: Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet!

Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with National WIC Association! Every year around the world, individuals and organizations celebrate WBW from August 1-7.  With this year’s theme of Support Breastfeeding for a Healthier Planet!, learn about the affordability and sustainability of breastfeeding and how breastfeeding translates to responsible consumption.


July 23, 2020
5 Reasons to Attend the 2020 NWA Nutrition & Breastfeeding Conference

With food insecurity on the rise, we are seeing an increased need for nutrition services, breastfeeding advocacy, and health equity work. WIC agencies and workers are addressing these challenges and public health threats with limited resources, making their jobs more challenging than ever. This year’s conference is focused on Feeding Families, Fueling the Future.


July 20, 2020
State Spotlight: New Mexico WIC Rolls Out Curbside Service

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC providers in New Mexico put their creativity to the test with the implementation of their new "curbside" clinic service. When stay-at-home orders were announced in New Mexico in March 2020, state WIC director Sarah Flores-Sievers had to quickly transition the way WIC provides nutrition and public health services to families


July 15, 2020
As Dietary Guidelines Process Evolves, Landmark Nutrition Recommendations for Pregnancy, Infancy Must Remain Science-Based

Earlier today, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) issued a comprehensive scientific report to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is a significant step in the development of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


July 1, 2020
USDA Extends WIC Waivers Through September 30

On June 29, the USDA announced the extension of all approved waivers for providers of WIC through September 30, 2020. These waivers have allowed state and local WIC agencies to offer remote services – including remote certification for new applicants, remote appointments, and remote benefit issuance. They also allow for expanded options for allowable WIC foods.


June 12, 2020
Announcing NWA's Annual Conference Keynote Speaker: Chef Kwame Onwuachi

We are thrilled to announce this year's opening keynote speaker at our Virtual Annual Conference: Kwame Onwuachi!

Chef Kwame Onwuachi is the James Beard Award-winning executive chef at Kith/Kin and was the Esquire Magazine 2019 Chef of the Year. He is the author of Notes from a Young Black Chef, published by Alfred A. Knopf.


June 2, 2020
A Message From Rev. Douglas Greenaway: Hope in Our Time of Darkness

I am in immense pain over what continues to be our great national stain, our great sins of omission and commission – the legacy of enslavement, the obliteration of the successes of Reconstruction, the tragedy of Jim Crow, and the perpetuation of disrespect, disdain, diminishment, and death that White America heaps upon Black bodies – either directly or by our silence – in our current era.


June 4, 2020
7 Frequently Asked Questions About the 2020 NWA Virtual Annual Conference

The National WIC Association’s Virtual Annual Conference 2020 is less than a month away! Join us June 23-25 for this exciting event. Have questions? Check out these FAQs to learn more.


June 1, 2020
Attend the 2020 NWA Virtual Annual Conference From Anywhere at Any Time

As an attendee, you can access the conference from any screen, anywhere in the world. Our Virtual Conference will be an online destination for the WIC community to choose from more than 25 general and concurrent sessions. Expand your professional skills and knowledge base, and feel equipped to face the current and future changes within the WIC Program. 


May 26, 2020
5 Reasons to Attend the 2020 NWA Virtual Annual Conference

COVID-19 has changed everything about our lives. With an increased need for remote and online services, WIC agencies and workers have had to address new challenges and public health threats with limited resources, making their jobs more challenging than ever. This year, the National WIC Association’s Virtual Annual Conference is focused on Adapting to Change: Supporting the WIC Community.


May 29, 2020
Benefits of a Virtual Annual Conference

A virtual event is a large, multi-session online event that features webinars, chat rooms, and more. Instead of meeting in a physical location, people interact in a virtual environment. The NWA Virtual Annual Conference will be highly interactive and have a similar feel to a physical event. You simply use the internet to connect with thousands of attendees from across the country!


May 14, 2020
Press Release: WIC Providers, Pediatricians Insist USDA Immediately and Fully Extend COVID-Related Waivers through September 30

Congress, under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, vested the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with the authority to approve waivers that permit providers of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to adapt services to ensure the safety of WIC moms, young children, and clinic staff throughout the COVID-19 public health emergency. Rather than responding boldly and utilizing the full extent of that authority, USDA approved time-limited waivers that end on May 31, 2020.


May 12, 2020
Washington Update: Speaker Pelosi Unveils $3 Trillion COVID Relief Package

On Tuesday afternoon, House Democrats introduced a fifth legislative package that would address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act addresses a wide breadth of issues, including: additional aid for state and local governments, funding for testing and treatment, direct cash assistance for families, and a 15% increase in the maximum benefit levels for SNAP recipients.


May 13, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Lauds Bicameral, Bipartisan Support for Expanded Access for Postpartum Women, Infants, and Young Children

Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR) introduced the Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act) in the House of Representatives. The bill permits state agencies administering the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to: (1) extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten; (2) extend infant certification periods to two years; and (3) extend postpartum women’s eligibility to two years.


May 6, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Praises Bipartisan Effort to Enhance Access to Nutritious Foods through COVID-19 Crisis

On May 5, 2020, Reps. Kim Schrier (D-WA) and Ron Wright (R-TX) introduced the WIC Benefit Flexibility During COVID-19 Act. This bill would temporarily increase the value of WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) – a monthly benefit for WIC families to purchase fruits and vegetables – to provide additional healthy options for WIC shoppers


April 27, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Launches COVID-19 Response Fund to Support WIC Families

The COVID-19 fund will advance every WIC agency's ability to respond to their community, so food and nutrition do not have to be worries during these challenging times.


April 5, 2020
An Open Letter to Our WIC Family in the Time of COVID

Perhaps no contemporary event has shaken all humankind as significantly or dramatically as the current COVID-19 pandemic. It’s as if we were the good citizens of Troy – under siege, soon to be left in smoldering ruins, deriving consolation from our shared misery. Our common plea, like that of the Trojans, is that the siege be not long and our losses, but few. That was not to be Troy’s fate, and it may not be ours.


April 13, 2020
Black Maternal Health Week: Centering Black Mamas: The Right to Live and Thrive

We know that black women are disproportionately impacted by our nation’s maternal mortality crisis, and early signs suggest it might worsen with COVID-19. The third annual Black Maternal Health Week, founded by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, is an opportune time for WIC and the nation to lift up black women and center their voices and experiences. 


April 1, 2020
Blog Post: WIC Shopping in the COVID-19 Emergency

Each state issues benefits to participants at different times throughout the month. Rather than avoid the grocery store at certain dates, the National WIC Association encourages all shoppers to be mindful of their neighbors when shopping. We must all play our part to avoid hoarding key products - like infant formula - to ensure that all shoppers can purchase the products they need.


March 18, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Applauds Early Steps by Congress to Address COVID-19 Crisis

Today, the Senate passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which the House passed early Saturday morning. Rev. Greenaway: “This legislation ensures that WIC stands ready to deliver throughout the public health emergency.”


February 14, 2020
Press Release: New Studies Demonstrate WIC’s Role in Ensuring Healthier Diets among Young Participants

Two studies released today demonstrate why WIC participation is so critical for young children. “The takeaway here is simple – WIC works,” said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA).


February 10, 2020
Weekly WIC Policy Update

For WIC, the President’s Budget recommends funding at $5.5 billion, a $500 million decrease from fiscal year 2020 levels. The White House justifies this decrease by citing reduced caseload, estimating that only 6.2 million participants will access WIC in 2021. 


February 3, 2020
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Congress places spotlight on maternal and infant health, the House will vote on disapproval for administration plans to block grant medicaid, a SNAP online pilot program expands in Washington State, and more in this week's WIC policy update. 


January 30, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Opposes HHS Guidance Permitting Block Grants for Medicaid

On January 30, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services announced new guidance that would allow states to apply for waivers of Medicaid funding rules, essentially permitting block grants for adults covered through the Medicaid expansion authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. 


January 27, 2020
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court voted to lift the nationwide injunction that blocked public charge from going into effect. WIC is explicitly excluded from the public charge rule. That and more in this week's WIC policy update. 


January 17, 2020
Press Release: National WIC Association Disturbed by Latest USDA Attempt to Roll Back School Meals Nutrition Standards

On January 17, 2020, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced two proposed rules, one of which will further alter the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program and the National School Breakfast Program.


January 13, 2020
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Public charge injunction upheld in federal court, Congress to consider labor protections for pregnant workers, new legislation introduced to support breastfeeding workers, and more in this week's WIC policy update.


January 6, 2020
Weekly WIC Policy Update

A new lawsuit challenges State Department public charge policies, FDA issues rolled-back vaping ban, plus more in this week's WIC policy update. 


December 23, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Last week, both houses of Congress passed two spending packages that appropriated approximately $1.4 trillion in federal spending for fiscal year 2020. The two measures were largely divided between defense and domestic programs. WIC funding was included in the domestic package, which funded WIC at $6 billion.


December 16, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Congress unveils two spending packages to fund all federal agencies for fiscal year 2020, House advances expansion of home visiting programs, legislators request review of ERS relocation, and more in this week's WIC policy update. 


December 10, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Applauds Paid Parental Leave Policy for Federal Workers as Promising Step

Today, Congress reached a deal that would include 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal government workers in the National Defense Authorization Act. The United States is currently the only developed country in the world that does not guarantee paid leave for new parents.


December 10, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Formalizes Commitment to Health Equity in Recent Statement

The National WIC Association (NWA) recently released an official statement formalizing the organization’s commitment to health equity. NWA defines health equity as the ability of all individuals and families to achieve optimal health, irrespective of their identity, race, ability, or class.


December 9, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

USDA issues the first final rule to restrict SNAP access, congress is poised to pass paid parental leave for federal workers, and appropriators continue to negotiate FY 2020 bills. 


December 6, 2019
Press Release: WIC Participation Associated with Lower Preterm Birth and Infant Mortality

This week, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that WIC participation is associated with lower preterm birth and infant mortality. Specifically, the study found that babies born to WIC participants are 33% less likely to die in the first year of life.


December 5, 2019
Press Release: USDA SNAP Rule Undermines America's Nutrition Safety Net

On December 4, 2019, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a final rule on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), restricting state waivers of the three-month time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs). USDA estimates that the final rule will leave nearly 700,000 individuals without access to SNAP.


November 25, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC policy update—Just one week left to weigh in on the latest proposal to limit SNAP, a CDC study demonstrates WIC's role in reducing childhood obesity, and more!


November 26, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Lauds Bipartisan Legislation Supporting WIC Families Affected by Opioid Epidemic

Last Thursday, Representatives David Trone (D-MD), Glenn “GT” Thompson (R-PA), Ann McLane Kuster (D-NH), and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced the bipartisan bill Supporting Healthy Outcomes for Mothers and Infants Act of 2019 to support mothers and their infants who are born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).


November 22, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Praises New CDC Study Demonstrating WIC’s Role in Reducing Childhood Obesity

On November 22, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a new study demonstrating statistically significant decreases in obesity prevalence among young children (aged 2-4) participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in 41 out of 56 WIC state or territorial agencies.


November 18, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's policy update—NWA leads a renewed call for full funding for breastfeeding peer counselors, appropriators suggest a spending deal could happen this week, NWA leads call for an end to the controversial relocation of USDA research agencies, and more. 


November 4, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The Senate passes WIC funding, a federal court delays a policy barring new immigrants on Medicaid, the White House nominates a new FDA commissioner, plus more in this week's WIC policy update. 


October 28, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This is the last week to weigh in on a harmful proposed rule to restrict access to SNAP and school meals. NWA has templates to assist you with crafting your own individual comment. Speak out today to safeguard child nutrition! Read more – including the latest on WIC funding – in this week’s legislative update.


October 23, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Launches Innovative Online Resource “Hub”

The National WIC Association (NWA) has launched The WIC Hub—an innovative online tool—to streamline information for WIC staff, researchers, and advocates. The Hub is a centralized, regularly updated collection of resources covering a wide range of WIC-related topics.


October 21, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Federal courts delayed public charge, USDA reopened comment period on SNAP rule, and a House Agriculture subcommittee held a hearing highlighting mass staff attrition at the Economic Research Service (ERS). This week, the Senate will consider WIC funding and the House will examine protections for pregnant workers.


October 11, 2019
Washington Update: Federal Court Delays Implementation of Public Charge Rule

This afternoon, a federal court in the Southern District of New York issued a nationwide injunction that prevents implementation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's final public charge rule. Without the injunction, the final public charge rule would have gone into effect on Tuesday, October 15.


October 7, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

USDA unveils a third effort to restrict SNAP access, Congress enters its final week of the October recess, and the White House bans immigrants who would rely on Medicaid and ACA subsidies.


September 30, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Last week, President Trump signed a continuing resolution that continues funding for the federal government through November 21. The measure received bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, with the House voting 301-132 and the Senate voting 81-25 in favor. Read more in our weekly WIC policy update.


September 26, 2019
Washington Update: Senate Passes Continuing Resolution, Averting Government Shutdown

This afternoon, the Senate approved a continuing resolution that would extend government funding through November 21 by a vote of 82-15. The vote comes just a few days before the end of the fiscal year on September 30, and a continuing resolution was a necessary step to avert a government shutdown. The House approved a continuing resolution last week by a vote of 301-123, and the White House has indicated that the President will sign the measure.


September 23, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Today is the last day to speak out on USDA’s proposal to restrict access to SNAP and school meals. Take a minute to add your voice in support of child nutrition!


September 9, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Congress is back in session with only a few weeks before the September 30 deadline to pass new appropriations bills, and the White House is mulling over a massive reduction in the refugee program. 


August 26, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

With the current fiscal year rapidly closing in and a September 30 deadline to negotiate new fiscal year 2020 funding, Congress is expected to resort to a stopgap spending bill buying negotiating time and averting a federal government shutdown.


August 19, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update asks you to submit a public comment to preserve access to SNAP and school meals, provides insight on the public charge rule, suggests you connect with your member of congress, and mentions a new bill to protect children from ICE detention. 


August 12, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The final public charge rule is issued, USDA agrees to concessions in union negotiations with ERS researchers, and the United Nations publishes landmark report on climate change, including risks to global food supply.


August 12, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Condemns Final Public Charge Rule

Rev. Greenaway: “It is no wonder so many communities fear this Administration, when it has leveraged federal assistance to shut immigrants and their families out from the American dream.”


August 5, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's update includes ways to support recent WIC legislation, a push for WIC clinics to connect with their elected officials, FY2020 appropriations update, USDA's harmful SNAP proposal, and more. 


August 2, 2019
Washington Update: Bipartisan WIC Legislation Introduced in Senate

This afternoon, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act). The bipartisan legislation would empower states to enact common-sense reforms to streamline WIC services and enhance the program’s public health impact. The WIC Act would permit states to: (1) extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten; (2) extend postpartum eligibility to two years; and (3) extend infant certification periods to two years.


August 2, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Applauds Bipartisan Bill Introducing Common-Sense WIC Reforms

On July 31, 2019, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act). The bill permits state agencies administering the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to: (1) extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten; (2) extend infant certification periods to two years; and (3) extend postpartum women’s eligibility to two years.


July 30, 2019
NWA Visits South Carolina WIC

In late April, the Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association, paid a visit to WIC clinics in South Carolina.  He began his visit sharing remarks with the WIC leadership team at the team’s staff meeting at Saluda Shoals.  At this visit, Douglas shared stories about past NWA and WIC successes, experiences with WIC leaders and participants across the country, and offered insights into the future of WIC.  While at the meeting, he reminded staff that WIC is a “hand up, not a hand out.” 


July 29, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

A budget deal is passed in the House, pro-breastfeeding legislation signed into law, and a harmful SNAP rule is open for public comment. Read more in our weekly WIC policy update.


July 22, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This August, members of Congress will be back in their home districts for an entire month. However, before they leave they are hoping to secure a budget spending deal. 


July 15, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update highlights a report on the separation of migrant children, the status of the budget deal, the Census, and public charge. 


July 8, 2019
NWA Staff Visit Mississippi WIC

From June 3 through 6, four staff from NWA traveled throughout Mississippi as part of a nationwide public health project funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Traveling to Northeast Mississippi (Tupelo and Pontotoc), the Mississippi Delta (Indianola and Greenwood), the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and Jackson, NWA staff visited six communities across the state in four days. Each regional convening was tailored to the needs and asks of each community thereby allowing attendees to establish or strengthen local partnerships.


July 8, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The Senate Republicans are closer to finishing a Child Nutrition Reauthorization bill, and the 2020 Census is printed without a citizenship question. Read how this impacts WIC in this week's WIC policy update. 


July 1, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Members of congress are in recess all this week, returning to work Monday, July 8. Learn about the House's second minibus that passed last week in our weekly WIC policy update. 


June 26, 2019
Washington Update: House Passes FY 2020 WIC Funding, Including Record Investment in Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

NWA applauds the House for passing the Agriculture/FDA appropriations bill, which includes strong funding for WIC and record investments in WIC’s highly successful Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program


June 24, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The House is in the final stages of considering FY 2020 funding for WIC, and national news outlets are spotlighting the treatment of migrant children in detention facilities.


June 17, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update provides template comments on the OMB's plan to alter the Federal Poverty Guidelines, reports on the House's spending bill packages, covers USDA's ERS and NIFA relocation announcement, and more. 


June 13, 2019
Press Release: National WIC Association Opposes ERS, NIFA Relocation

The National WIC Association strongly opposes Secretary Perdue’s crusade against independent research at USDA. Nutrition assistance programs rely on the independent research conducted by the Economic Research Service (ERS) to inform program administration and ensure efficient stewardship of federal resources. USDA’s plans undermine the very concept of good government.


June 10, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

New legislation was introduced that supports WIC local agency projects. Stay up to date with this week’s WIC policy update


June 5, 2019
Washington Update: WIC Funding Advances in House, With Record Investment in Breastfeeding Peer Counselors

The House has advanced WIC funding for FY 2020, including full funding for the BFPC Program for the first time. NWA applauds the bill's investments in WIC and looks forward to working with the Senate. 


June 3, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Several bills affecting WIC families were introduced before the Memorial Day recess. Stay up to date with this week’s Legislative Update, including an upcoming House hearing on WIC funding.


May 30, 2019
NWA Staff Visits Ohio WIC

Between May 6th and 9th, four staff from the National WIC Association traveled throughout Ohio as part of a nationwide public health project funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. With a total of four convenings in four different cities on four different days, each convening began with a clinic visit, was followed by a working lunch collaborative led by Dyane Gogan Turner—State Director of the Ohio WIC Program—and Dana Mayer—Infant Vitality Program Administrator at the Bureau of Maternal, Child and Family Health—and ended with WIC specific presentations and listening sessions. Through this series of events, NWA was successful in building new relationships with local staff while strengthening its partnership with state partners in Ohio


May 22, 2019
Washington Update: House Unveils FY 2020 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

This morning, the House Appropriations Committee released the text for its FY 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which governs WIC funding.  The bill includes in total $155.3 billion in funding for agriculture and nutrition programs, which is a $3.2 billion increase above FY 2019 funding. Under the bill, WIC would be funded at $6 billion – a $75 million decrease from FY 2019 enacted levels.  The House Bill would also rescind $800 million in unspent funds.

 

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program has increased funding by $10 million, bringing to a total of $70 million. The House Bill officially blocks the USDA from relocating the Economic Research Service (ERS), and will also prohibit USDA from moving ERS outside of USDA’s research realm.

 

Tomorrow, the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee will assemble to consider the bill and advance it to the full House Appropriations Committee. The Senate is expected to release a bill before the August recess.

 

The Appropriations process is not fully complete until Congress and the White House come to an agreement on the overall budget numbers.  NWA will keep Its members updated as the process discloses.


May 20, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update features information about the upcoming budget negotiations, the Census, and Washington State's public option for health insurance. 


May 15, 2019
Powerful WIC Outcomes! New Study shows how $1 invested in WIC saves about $2.48 in medical, educational, and productivity costs

NWA is excited to share this new study from a research collaboration between the University of California in Los Angeles, PHFE WIC and the County of Los Angeles. This important study demonstrates how WIC participation positively impacts health outcomes and costs-savings.


May 13, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update informs readers about a wide range of topics. Some include the national paid family leave policy, maternal mortality prevention on the federal level, and a new disaster relief bill. 


May 6, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update: USDA has picked the finalists for the relocation of sites for ERS and NIFA; House appropriators will mark up the Labor-HHS-Military Construction-Legislative Branch bills; Tennessee is asking Trump to approve the first Medicaid block grant; and remembering Sen. Richard G. Lugar, a WIC champion


April 29, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update: the Black Maternal Health Caucus is founded; House appropriators to release their FY 2020 Labor-HHS-Education bill; a relocation of USDA research divisions moves forward; the nutritional quality of USDA school lunches are increasing; and Medicaid and CHIP enrollment has dropped since March 2017


April 23, 2019
US Rep. Sylvia Garcia Visits Houston WIC Clinic

One of the WIC clinics in Houston recently hosted their representative to the US House of Representatives. Here's what they did, and you can do it too!


April 22, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update: Yet again, WIC has a stake, either directly or indirectly, in developments in more than one branch of government - the executive and judicial. We update you on developments happening in USDA and at the Supreme Court this week, as well as Congress.


April 15, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update has information about the recent Child Nutrition Reauthorization hearing and more. 


April 12, 2019
NWA Honors WIC Staff and a Researcher for Their Work

NWA's annual awards for work in WIC were presented.


April 1, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update, we share template comments opposing SNAP changes, updates on the appropriations process, provide an update on the relocation of ERS and NIFA, and more. 


March 25, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update, there are developments scattered across a variety of fronts: adult access to SNAP assistance; the Senate has joined the budget game; a disaster-relief package is expected to move this week; and House appropriators will scrutinize a USDA research reorganization.


March 18, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update: Now that all of President Trump's budget has been released, we can get a full picture of what the White House is proposing for spending. As far as WIC is concerned, the president is calling for a reduction in resources. But Congress does not have to follow suit. We explain what's coming.


March 11, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The biggest news in this week's WIC Policy Update is that the debate begins over the federal budget with the release today of President Trump's budget proposal. We explain where WIC stands in it. In other news, the House subcommittee that has jurisdiction over WIC will look at child nutrition programs tomorrow. Congressional leaders are signaling movement on budget caps and appropriations. All that and more.


February 25, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC Policy Update, we report that the Senate is beginning consideration of a budget caps deal; fiscal year 2019 appropriations are complete; USDA is signaling another proposed rule on SNAP; and USDA and HHS have announced the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee members.


February 15, 2019
Washington Update: Shutdown Averted and WIC Funding Assured as Trump Declares National Emergency

President Trump announced today that he would sign a bipartisan spending deal that will fund the nine federal departments that had gone without long-term funding since September 2018. This includes the US Department of Agriculture, which administers WIC. With this action, WIC funding is now assured through September 30, 2019. The current spending deal essentially mirrors the deal set before the President allowed a partial government shutdown in December.


February 14, 2019
Washington Update: Congress to Vote on Spending Deal Today

Today and tomorrow are make-or-break days for Congress and the president to avoid another partial shutdown of the federal government. Congress will vote today on a spending package to fund several agencies, including the Agriculture Department, which runs WIC.


February 11, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update discusses the impending spending vote, breastfeeding legislation, Puerto Rico, and more. 


February 4, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

As is the case many times for our Weekly WIC Policy Update, there's a lot going on in the world of WIC policy: the State of the Union address this week; the president's delayed budget; a USDA proposal regarding SNAP; more relating to reuniting migrant families; and more.


February 4, 2019
Commuting by Ferry is Part of the Territory for This WIC Staff Member

Four staff members from the NWA national office visited Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands January 22 to 30 as part of a series of listening sessions with WIC staff in various parts of the country taking place from last fall through this spring. One of the staffers on that visit to the Caribbean, Stephen Padre, NWA’s communications manager, wrote this article as a glance into what the national office staff heard and saw during their time with Puerto Rico and US Virgin Island WIC staff.


January 28, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update gives insight about the reopened government and how the shutdown affected WIC families. 


January 25, 2019
Washington Update: White House and Congress Agree to Short-Term Deal to Reopen Government

President Trump announced this afternoon that he would support a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the federal government through February 15, restoring federal funding to programs like WIC that have been struggling to sustain services as the shutdown endured for 35 days.


January 25, 2019
NWA Staff Meet With WIC Staff in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands

NWA staff are in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands this week and next, part of a series of "listening sessions" with state WIC agencies in various parts of the US and its territories.


January 24, 2019
Washington Update: Senate Efforts to End Shutdown Fail, WIC Continues to be Open Through February

This afternoon, the Senate took two votes to end the shutdown, but both votes failed. See other shutdown related news here. 


January 14, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week in the WIC Policy Update, we have an Action Alert - a request to contact your members of Congress to ask them to support the WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program. We also provide a short update on WIC and the partial federal government shutdown. 


January 9, 2019
News Release: National WIC Association Urges Federal Government to Keep WIC Operational

As the partial shutdown of the federal government approaches the three-week mark, the National WIC Association (NWA) is expressing growing concern over funding and the government’s ability to keep the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program fully operational over the coming weeks if the shutdown continues.


January 9, 2019
Washington Update: Shutdown Continues, WIC to Remain Funded through February

Last night, President Trump and Democratic leaders - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) - gave remarks to the American public via televised addresses. Both speeches addressed the situation at the US southern border but did not provide any new perspectives or information with regards to resolving the current funding impasse. Today, congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle are scheduled to meet at the White House at 3 PM ET to continue budget negotiations.


January 7, 2019
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's WIC policy update we give insight on the partial government shutdown, announce our Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Education Day on Capitol Hill, report on two House appropriations bills, and a few more pressing topics. 


January 4, 2019
Washington Update: Congressional Leadership and the White House No Closer to Ending Shutdown, NWA Urges Swift Action

It appears the partial shutdown of the federal government may not end anytime soon. Here's an update.


January 3, 2019
Washington Update: House Expected to Pass Measures to Reopen Government Today, Next Steps Unclear

This is an update on the partial shutdown of the federal government and the start of the new Congress today in Washington, DC. The House is expected to vote on a package of full appropriations for six of the seven expired bills, including Agriculture-Food and Drug Administration, which funds WIC.


December 21, 2018
Press Statement: National WIC Association Urges Action to End Government Shutdown

NWA is urging action to end the government shutdown. Its President & CEO condemns the manufactured uncertainty and misplaced priorities that threaten the nutrition and health of America’s children.


December 20, 2018
Washington Update: Shutdown Possibility and Other Government Updates

Shutdown Likely as Trump Indicates He Won’t Sign Continuing Resolution
This afternoon, outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) confirmed that President Trump will not sign a continuing resolution (CR) that would fund parts of the federal government through February 8, 2019. The CR had passed in the Senate yesterday evening. This differs from Trump’s previous position, having indicated as recently as yesterday that he was willing to approve a CR without $5 billion in border-wall funding. As a result, it is increasingly likely that parts of the federal government, including the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), which administers WIC, will shut down when funding expires at midnight tomorrow.


December 20, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Applauds House Bill to Stop Relocation and Realignment of Key USDA Research Agency

The National WIC Association (NWA) is strongly supporting the introduction of the Agricultural Research Integrity Act of 2018 (H.R. 7330) today in the House of Representatives. The bill would halt the Department of Agriculture’s proposal to relocate the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) outside the Washington, D.C., area, and to realign ERS under the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE).


December 17, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Even though the holidays are fast approaching, Congress is showing no signs of slowing down. A possible shutdown, the farm bill, maternal mortality and premature birth legislation, and more have been on its agenda - just in the past week. And  in other parts of the federal government and various states, there are other things happening that affect WIC.


December 11, 2018
Press Statement: National WIC Association Thanks Legislators for Bipartisan Farm Bill

Today the Senate passed, 87-13, H.R. 2, the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, which is expected to pass the House later this week. NWA, through its president and CEO, issued a statement about its passage.


December 10, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Today the two-month public comment period on the proposed public charge rule ends. The House will vote on the PREEMIE Reauthorization Act and a maternal mortality bill. A couple of legislatures in the Midwest are voting to reverse family-friendly policies. The farm bill may pass this week. And spending negotiations continue on a federal government budget. All in a week's work in Washington and elsewhere, reviewed for you in this week's WIC Policy Update!


December 7, 2018
Press Statement: NWA Submits Comments Opposing Public Charge Proposal

NWA is speaking out against a proposed regulation that would expand the public charge test for people applying for legal residency or entry to the United States with the submission today of its official organizational comments. In October, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed the regulation, which would penalize immigrants who access a wide range of public assistance programs, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).


December 3, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

As we report on in this week's WIC Policy Update, legislation and related happenings are getting re-arranged due to the funeral of President George H.W. Bush this week in Washington. And this update reminds you that this is the last week for the public to submit comments about the proposed changes to the public charge rule.


November 26, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC Policy Update seemingly covers the waterfront: appropriations, public charge, Democratic leadership elections, an abbreviated session for Congress, plus some big issues - asylum and climate change. All of which could impact WIC.


November 19, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

There are only 21 days left to leave comments during the public comment period for the proposed change to the public charge rule. We also look at what to expect for the coming weeks in Congress in this in-between period before the new Congress starts.


November 8, 2018
Washington Update

Here is our post-midterm election summary and what Tuesday's results mean for the WIC program.


November 5, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This is it! Election Day is almost upon us! It's time to vote! While voting ends tomorrow, the time to have your say about WIC in the proposed public charge rule continues, and it's important to participate in the public comment process too.


October 29, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The charge on public charge continues, with additional help, namely a webinar happening tomorrow, to help agencies and individuals submit comments on the proposed rule change. And, of course, we are counting down the days to the mid-term elections, which are important for a number of reasons, including WIC.


October 23, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Opposes EPA’s Plan to Weaken Rules Limiting Air Pollution from Coal Power Plants

NWA joined 15 other health and medical organizations and more than two dozen medical professionals and health scientists in a statement issued today voicing concern about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) intent to weaken public health protections from coal power pollution. The EPA recently proposed the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule, which would weaken limits on air pollution that can come from coal-burning power plants.


October 22, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

The newest and most important thing in this week's Weekly WIC Policy Update is the NWA-produced Template Comments Addressing Public Charge in various languages to enable non-English speakers who participate in WIC to submit comments on the proposed rule change.


October 19, 2018
Media Describes What Public Charge Policy Looks Like in Real Life

In its October 18 broadcast, "PBS NewsHour" aired the story titled “Proposed immigration policy penalizes legal residents for use of public benefits,” which is about the public charge issue. The story featured a mother who is a former participant in WIC and what her future may hold with the proposed changes to the public charge rule.


October 15, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC Policy Update reminds us of the importance of voting in the upcoming midterm elections in general and for the sake of WIC as well as the importance of submitting comments during the public charge comment period.


October 10, 2018
Public Charge Comment Period Now Open!

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) formally proposed its rules change to public charge in the Federal Register on October 10. The comment period is now open until December 10, 2018.


October 5, 2018
Public Charge Rule Comment Period Opens Wednesday, NWA Announces Webinar

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today that it will post the proposed public charge rule in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 10. This will formally open the public comment period on the rule, which will last until December 10. Here's what WIC agencies can do now.


October 4, 2018
WIC Responds to Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas

WIC plays a key role in helping families recover from disasters, which has happened recently in the wake of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.


October 1, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

It's been several days since the US Department of Homeland Security released its proposed regulation related to public charge. Where do we stand now? What happens next? Also, WIC funding was included in a continuing resolution through December 7.


September 21, 2018
Child Poverty Should Be a National Outrage

This op-ed was co-written by Rev. Douglas Greenaway, NWA’s President and CEO; Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus; and John Bouman, President of Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law on the occasion of the Census Bureau’s announcement last week that 17.5 percent of children were living in poverty in the US in 2017. The original purpose of the op-ed was to place it in the media to raise attention to this issue, and we are also sharing it here.


September 18, 2018
Press Release: Reps. DeLauro and Sánchez Announce Re-Introduction of WIC Act

This news release reports on the September 14 event organized by NWA at which US Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA) announced that they plan to reintroduce the Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act.


September 17, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week’s WIC update reflects the busy-ness of the fall in our nation's capital. We recap an exciting event that NWA organized for the launch of a new piece of WIC-related legislation as well as another event in Washington, DC, that NWA participated in regarding maternal and infant health. Plus we provide an update on appropriations and more.


September 11, 2018
Disaster-Planning Resources for WIC

WIC participants - pregnant women, infants, and children - are among the most vulnerable in natural or human-caused disasters. Although not an emergency-assistance program, WIC can play an important role in helping families impacted by disasters get back on their feet. NWA has compiled some key resources to help you be as prepared as possible in the event of a disaster.


August 27, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's legislative update reports that last week, the Senate passed the Defense and Labor-HHS-Education spending package. The Labor-HHS bill includes funding for Title V Maternal and Child Health programs, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other vital public health programs.


August 20, 2018
Washington Update: House of Representatives Still in Recess; Senate Back in Session

This week's Washington Update talks mostly about the Senate, which is the only chamber in session at the moment, and its plans to move the next appropriations package, which will include funding for the military and domestic programs.


August 13, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

In this week's policy update, there isn't much to report because both houses of Congress adjourned for the summer recess last week. But now, while members of Congress are back at home in their states or districts, is one of the best times to engage with your member of Congress!


August 10, 2018
NWA Opposes Potential Question About Citizenship in 2020 Census

NWA says that including a question in the 2020 census on citizenship is political and would alienate many immigrants, potentially resulting in an inaccurate count of people living in the US. This, in turn, could impact the distribution of WIC funds to state agencies.


August 6, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week’s legislative update encourages you to engage with your members of Congress during the summer recess. It also includes information about WIC funding and breastfeeding resolutions that will be waiting for legislators when they return in September and HHS's move to allow cheaper, lower-quality health insurance plans.


June 25, 2018
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's WIC policy update highlights the farm bill, immigration, the Senate minibus, and more!


June 20, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Condemns Family Separation, Detention of Children

NWA issues statement on family separation policy and new executive order: “This shameful episode is just one chapter in a broader assault on the dignity and humanity of immigrant families and their children . . . When our neighbors fear heading to WIC clinics, schools, or shopping in a grocery store, can we truly say that we are the land of the free?”


December 7, 2017
$14 Million NWA Funding Request Included in Puerto Rico and USVI Relief Legislation

NWA applauds the inclusion of $14 million to supplement WIC infrastructure funding in disaster relief legislation for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders and other members of the US Senate.


December 7, 2017
Millennial Moms: Confident, Cool, Connected

This blog post will discuss millennial moms, their social media habits, and how WIC employees can use this information to connect with these potential participants.


November 29, 2017
The Elusive 18 Ounce Box of WIC Cereal

This blog post will provide insight on the three main factors that contribute to the size and weight of a box of cereal.

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November 20, 2017
Weekly WIC Policy Update

Thanksgiving Recess this Week

Both chambers of Congress are on recess this week and will return to Washington, DC next week.

Tax Reform Bill Passes House, Fate Uncertain in Senate

Last Thursday, the House of Representatives passed its tax reform bill by a vote of 227-205. 13 Republican representatives voted against the proposal, in addition to the entire Democratic caucus. Senate Republicans introduced their own competing tax reform bill two weeks ago. The Senate proposal contains several key differences from the recently passed House bill, including the elimination of the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which would result in 13 million people losing health coverage by 2027. Both proposals significantly decrease federal revenues and add to the federal budget deficit, which can impact the funding for programs that serve low-income families, including WIC.


November 6, 2017
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's update covers how WIC will be impacted by the House Republican Tax Plan, CHIP reauthorization bill update, FY 2018 appropriations status, and more. 


October 16, 2017
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's update covers recent healthcare actions, disaster relief action, the budget resolution and tax plan, and CHIP updates. 


October 2, 2017
Weekly WIC Policy Update

This week's update covers everything happening about healthcare, Tom Price, EPA Nominee, and Budget Resolution and Tax Reform. 


April 3, 2019
What the Dissolution of Relationships with Infant Formula and Dietary Supplement Manufacturers Means

NWA's policy on relationships with infant formula and dietary supplement manufacturers.


October 17, 2013
Congress Temporarily Re-opens Government and Raises Debt Limit

Finally, the government is re-open (for now), but WIC isn't out of the woods yet.