On June 1, the National WIC Association renewed its call to pass a Child Nutrition Reauthorization in 2021 by launching a multiplatform social media campaign to engage WIC participants, clinic staff, and grassroots supporters. WIC and the other child nutrition programs have not been reauthorized since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010.
Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement:
“We are encouraged by early steps in Congress to prioritize a Child Nutrition Reauthorization in 2021. It remains a top priority for WIC providers across the country. Their experiences throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are a testament to the need for program reforms to reach more eligible families, integrate telehealth and online shopping technologies, and build a modern service-delivery model.
“Over the next several months, NWA will lift the urgency of necessary reforms that will enhance access to healthy foods and address racial disparities in health and nutrition outcomes. We are excited to partner with Congress to advance strong, bipartisan proposals that enhance WIC’s impact, including remote enrollments, the extension of postpartum eligibility, and closing the coverage gaps affecting babies and young children outlined in the WIC Act.
“This must be the year for Congress to enact a new Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Let’s not lose sight of the goal: building a healthy start for our nation’s children.”