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June 10, 2024
FY25 House Bill Funding WIC Falls Short of Projected Caseload

Today, the House Appropriations Committee proposed increased fundingfor WIC in FY25...

April 9, 2024
USDA Finalizes Changes to WIC Food Packages; National WIC Association Calls for Swift Implementation

Today, USDA released the final rule updating WIC food packages, marking a historic moment in WIC’s 50th year and great progress in the evolution of the first food as medicine program.

March 11, 2024
Biden’s Proposed FY25 Budget Demonstrates Continued Commitment to WIC, Congress Must Follow Suit

Today, the Biden Administration released its proposed fiscal year 2025 budget that includes $7.7 billion in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

March 8, 2024
National WIC Association Commends Congress for Passage of Government Funding Bill That Includes More than $1 Billion in Additional Funding for WIC

Today, the Senate passed legislation funding several executive branch agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year, including the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Included in USDA’s nutrition title is a funding increase of more than $1 billion for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

March 3, 2024
National WIC Association Applauds More than $1 Billion in Additional Funding for WIC in New Government Funding Bill

This bill marks a seminal moment in the 50-year history of the WIC program. If members of Congress approve this legislation —  and we urge them in the strongest possible terms to do so

February 28, 2024
Stopgap Agreement on Government Would Avert Shutdown, Fails to Provide Long-term Funding for WIC

While we’re grateful that lawmakers are making progress on full-year funding bills, it’s disappointing that WIC  families once again have to endure Congress prolonging their uncertainty about the stability of the program

February 27, 2024
National WIC Association Commits to Supporting White House Challenge to End Hunger and Build Healthy Communities

We are confident that America can end hunger and reduce diet-related diseases by 2030 and the National WIC Association is pleased to do our part to help achieve those goals.

February 21, 2024
Congress Urged To Prioritize Full WIC Funding, Not Unnecessary Political Riders

Unnecessary and harmful political riders risk undermining funding the success of a program that has enjoyed decades of overwhelming bipartisan support.

January 18, 2024
Congress Passes Bill to Avoid Shutdown, But A Fully Funded WIC Is Still Needed

In a time when maternal mortality, hunger, and poverty are all rising, it makes little sense that Congress has failed to provide state and local WIC agencies with the resources to meaningfully address those conditions.

January 8, 2024
Bipartisan Agreement Sets the Stage for Spending Negotiations; Full Funding Still Needed for WIC

“We welcome the news that Congressional leaders have reached a deal on funding toplines, allowing negotiations to move forward on full-year spending bills. However, there are only days left before federal agriculture spending expires...

November 20, 2023
NWA Announces the Center for Innovative Practices in WIC (CIP-WIC)

The National WIC Association (NWA) is thrilled to announce the reformation of the Special Projects Department, now titled the Center for Innovative Practices in WIC (CIP-WIC).

November 15, 2023
Congress Pushes Forward With Continuing Resolution to Avert Shutdown, Fails to Ensure WIC is Fully Funded for FY24

Once more, Congress is pushing forward with a short-term funding bill that temporarily prevents a government shutdown but also fails to meet the additional funding needs for WIC in fiscal year 2024. Congress can and must do better.

November 13, 2023
Urgent Call for WIC Funding Amidst Rising Child Poverty and Food Insecurity

A budget should be about more than just keeping the lights on temporarily; it should be about creating and sustaining a better future for all Americans--especially children and families

November 3, 2023
Congress Must Act Swiftly to Strengthen WIC Funding and Accessibility

In a time when maternal and infant mortality, child poverty, and household food insecurity are all rising substantially in the United States — and with WIC facing a funding shortfall and threats of deeper budget cuts — ensuring that anyone eligible for WIC can participate in the program should be a national priority. 

November 2, 2023
Senate's Minibus Bill a Promising Start But More Needed to Fully Fund WIC

he National WIC Association is heartened that the Senate recognizes the need to increase WIC funding and sustain the higher fruit and vegetable benefit that has benefitted millions of women and children in recent years

October 25, 2023
USDA Report Showing Increased Child Food Insecurity Underscores Need to Fully Fund WIC

According to a new report from USDA, millions more Americans experienced food insecurity in 2022 than in 2021.

September 30, 2023
National WIC Association Applauds Congressional Passage of 45-Day Funding Bill, Urges Additional Steps to Support WIC Participants

The House and Senate have approved a continuing resolution that funds the federal government at current levels for the next 45 days, temporarily averting a government shutdown.

September 29, 2023
National WIC Urges Congress to Fund the Federal Government

Today, the House of Representatives rejected a proposed continuing resolution that would have implemented a 30% cut to discretionary funding programs across the federal government.

September 26, 2023
National WIC Calls On Congress to Swiftly Pass Funding Resolution

Senate leaders released bill text for a continuing resolution that would fund federal agencies at current levels through November 17. This would prevent a government shutdown that could jeopardize benefits...

September 25, 2023
Over 600 Organizations Across 50 States Call on Congress to Fully Fund WIC

Today, the National WIC Association (NWA) submitted a letter on behalf of a broad coalition of stakeholders calling for full fiscal year 2024 (FY24) funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

September 22, 2023
As Congress Moves To Avoid Shutdown, Additional Investment In WIC Is Essential

As Congress moves closer to what would be a disastrous federal government shutdown, there is a growing risk that millions of pregnant and postpartum women, babies, and young children will not have the nutrition and health supports they need to thrive

September 7, 2023
National WIC Association Appoints Long-Term Staffer, COO to Lead Organization During Leadership Transition

August 31, 2023
National WIC Association Backs Biden's Urgent Call for Enhanced Funding as Government Shutdown Looms

Today, in anticipation of Congress returning to DC to consider a continuing resolution, the Biden administration has urgently called for increased funding to safeguard essential federal programs - including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

June 22, 2023
Senate Shows Steadfast Commitment to WIC Families in Markup Process

National WIC Association: Contrasting sharply with the reckless path pursued last week by the House Republicans, the Senate has stepped up to place the well-being of our nation's mothers and children front and center.

June 14, 2023
House Advances Bill To Cut Food For WIC Families

Today, the House Appropriations Committee marked up the fiscal year 2024 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration appropriations bill, which funds the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

June 2, 2023
Congress Must Ensure Debt Deal’s Arbitrary Caps Don’t Take Food Away from Kids and Moms

Last night, the U.S. Senate advanced the bipartisan agreement to avert a first-ever default. The agreement will cap federal spending – keeping non-defense discretionary spending at relatively flat levels while limiting new investment to 1% growth in the fiscal year 2025

May 30, 2023
Debt Limit Agreement Could Cause WIC Funding Shortfall

President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reached a tentative agreement to suspend the debt ceiling until the first quarter of 2025, preventing the United States from defaulting on its debts. Recent statements from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen indicate that Congress must act before June 5 to avoid default

May 19, 2023
National WIC Association Launches Secret Ingredient Campaign to Empower New Parents and Address Infant Formula Crisis

Today, the National WIC Association (NWA), with generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), proudly launches the Secret Ingredient Campaign. This media initiative focuses on infant feeding and is designed to empower new parents and encourage confidence, community and agency.

May 17, 2023
National WIC Association Condemns House of Representatives' Proposed Agriculture Appropriations Bill for Drastic Cuts to WIC

The National WIC Association (NWA), a leading advocate for the health and nutritional needs of women, infants and children, strongly admonishes the House of Representatives for unveiling a fiscal year 2024 Agriculture Appropriations bill that, if passed, would significantly undermine the vital support provided by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

May 16, 2023
WIC Act Will Extend Eligibility Age and Improve Nutrition for Children and Mothers

Today, Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and Kim Schrier (D-WA) reintroduced the Wise Investment in our Children (WIC) Act — a bill that would expand eligibility age for children and new mothers and extend infant certification periods within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

May 15, 2023
Black Maternal Health Momnibus Is Needed to Address Racial Disparities in Maternal Health

The Momnibus targets different elements contributing to inequitable treatment of Black mothers in the healthcare system. The legislative package would extend postpartum eligibility for participants enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) to two years — providing essential support, nutrition and care for moms after birth and beyond.

May 5, 2023
Families at risk as Congress debates debt ceiling and funding for critical programs like WIC

April 5, 2023
National WIC Association releases new report on the state of WIC technology

The National WIC Association (NWA)—WIC’s nonprofit arm driving innovation and advocacy to strengthen the WIC program—released its 2023 Landscape Assessment Report: “Using technology to improve the enrollment and certification experience for participants and WIC agencies.”

March 28, 2023
Hasty Reforms after Infant Formula Crisis Could Jeopardize WIC's Nutrition Support for Kids

Congress should not be pursuing policy changes that take food from the mouths of toddlers to put money in the pockets of infant formula manufacturers.

March 17, 2023
CDC Data Shows Maternal Mortality Crisis Worsens; WIC Can Be Part of the Solution

“There is no time to waste—Congress must act now. We must address this crisis of care and eliminate the racial disparities that plague maternal health outcomes. NWA is committed to working with all stakeholders to find solutions that create meaningful change, including addressing systemic racism and inequality within the healthcare system, enhancing data collection,and diversifying the WIC workforce to better reflect the communities most harmed by this burgeoning health crisis."

March 14, 2023
Health Inequities Leading to SIDS Increase Among Black Infants Must Be Addressed; WIC is Part of the Solution

Unexplained deaths among Black infants rose substantially during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

March 9, 2023
President Biden Calls for Funding WIC at $6.3B, National WIC Association Looks to Congress for Passage

Today, President Biden released his fiscal year 2024 (FY24) budget and in it, signaled $6.3 billion in support for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

March 7, 2023
Science-Based Review Critical for a Healthy WIC Food Package 

There’s no greater evidence of this than the recent fruit and vegetable benefit increase that brought the WIC food package closer to scientific dietary recommendations

February 22, 2023
National WIC Association’s New Report Shows Increase in Child Participation

The National WIC Association (NWA), the nation’s only nonprofit solely dedicated to the support and advancement of the WIC program, released its 2023 State of WIC report, “Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future."

February 17, 2023
USDA Proposes Rule Change to Modernize WIC Shopping Experience

Not only is the availability of online shopping options pivotal for saving WIC families time but it also allows access to healthy foods with more ease than ever before.

February 6, 2023
USDA Grants WIC Providers Remote Flexibilities in Response to Public Health Emergency Ending

These waivers are a major step in modernizing WIC services and expanding the program’s impact so more families can access the resources and support they need to lead healthier lives

February 1, 2023
Walmart Foundation Awards $1.2M to Support National WIC Association's Commitment to Diversifying WIC Workforce

The National WIC Association (NWA) has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to catalyze NWA's work to support strengthening and diversifying the WIC workforce

December 23, 2022
Congress Takes Steps to Improve Maternal, Child Health in Year-End Spending Bill

Congress passed an omnibus spending package that included $6 billion in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), including an extension of enhanced fruit and vegetable benefits through the end of the fiscal year. On Thursday, the Senate voted to add the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act and the PUMP for Nursing Mothers Act to the final package.

December 20, 2022
Omnibus is Missed Opportunity to Address Needs During Pregnancy, Early Childhood

House Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) unveiled language for an omnibus spending package that is the result of bipartisan negotiations with Senate Appropriations Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Vice Chair Richard Shelby (R-AL). Congressional leaders have announced that the omnibus is expected to work its way through Congress before the end of the week, when the current continuing resolution is set to expire. 

November 17, 2022
Broad Support for USDA Effort to Enhance Access to Healthy Foods for WIC Families

Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a proposed rule to revise food packages issued through the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC provides a monthly benefit for healthy foods, coupled with individualized nutrition services, that reach over 6.3 million pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and children across the country.

October 19, 2022
USDA's New Investments Bolster Transformative Moment for WIC Services

"Modernizing the program will unlock healthier outcomes for the next generation, but new investments in WIC's technology and people power must be matched with action to update rules that stand in the way of program access."

October 12, 2022
National WIC Association Renews Commitment to Health Equity, Welcoming New President and CEO Dr. Jamila Taylor, Maternal and Child Health Policy Expert 

Dr. Jamila Taylor: “I stand ready to help strengthen the Association's work to advance policy solutions that address these challenges and help build the evidence base for our advocacy and education efforts moving forward.”

September 27, 2022
WIC Priorities are Key Plank of National Plan to Eradicate Hunger, Reduce Chronic Diet-Related Conditions

National WIC Association: "This actionable National Strategy amplifies WIC's early nutrition intervention as a major force in closing disparities and setting the stage for a healthier next generation."

May 19, 2022
Congress Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen WIC Response to Infant Formula Supply Crisis

National WIC Association: “This swift, bipartisan action from members in both chambers recognizes the critical role that WIC plays in supporting the nutrition needs of babies … We must keep the focus on the best interests of babies and their health as we reckon with the consequences wrought by corporate actors.”

March 9, 2022
Congress Extends the WIC Benefit Bump to Build Nutrition Security for Next Generation

Earlier today, leading appropriators announced a bipartisan omnibus agreement to fund the federal government through September 30, 2022.

March 2, 2022
New Report Finds WIC Benefit Bump Resulted in Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption among WIC-Enrolled Children

Earlier today, the National WIC Association (NWA), in partnership with researchers from the Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), released a new report that reveals an increase in child fruit and vegetable consumption among participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) after the WIC benefit was enhanced through the American Rescue Plan Act in summer 2021.

February 10, 2022
National WIC Association Spotlights Benefits Increase, Remote Services in 2022 State of WIC Report

On Thursday, the National WIC Association released a new report, The State of WIC: Investing in the Next GenerationThis second annual edition of the State of WIC report outlines the landscape of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) during the past year, including the impact of the WIC benefit bump, remote WIC services, and the shift toward online shopping options.

December 2, 2021
House to Vote on Continuing Resolution that Extends WIC Benefit Bump through March 2022

Later today, the House of Representatives is poised to vote on a continuing resolution that would extend federal funding levels through February 18, 2022.

November 15, 2021
Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association for Over 31 Years, Announces Retirement

The Rev. Douglas A. Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association for over 31 years, today announced his retirement, effective January 7, 2022.

November 1, 2021
Strong Majority of Likely Voters Support Increased WIC Funding to Strengthen Maternal, Child Nutrition

A new nationwide poll released by the National WIC Association (NWA) and Alliance to End Hunger reveals strong, bipartisan support for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) among likely 2022 voters. Conducted by ALG Research/McLaughlin & Associates in September 2021, the study confirmed voters would support increasing funding to WIC and further reforms to expand access, which currently serves about 6.2 million mothers, babies, and young children nationwide.

October 28, 2021
Biden Framework is Down Payment on Our Children’s Future

Earlier today, the White House unveiled a framework for the Build Back Better Act. The framework would include a one-year expansion of the Child Tax Credit, investments in child nutrition and maternal health equity, and housing affordability.

September 21, 2021
House Continuing Resolution Would Extend WIC Benefit Bump

This morning, the House released the bill text for the Extending Government Funding and Delivering Emergency Assistance Act. This continuing resolution includes a provision to extend the American Rescue Plan Act's temporary increase of WIC's Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for fruit and vegetable purchases that was set to expire on September 30. The Continuing Resolution would extend the benefit increase until December 2021 and reset benefit levels according to independent scientific recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM).

September 19, 2021
Frontline Support in All 50 States Urging Extension of WIC Benefit Bump

On Sunday, a broad coalition of approximately 250 frontline WIC providers, medical professionals, farmers, retail grocers, and WIC partners urged Congress to include in the forthcoming continuing resolution an extension of WIC’s benefit increase through September 2022. This letter follows an earlier letter from nearly 100 national organizations and a bipartisan group of Representatives. 

September 9, 2021
One hundred groups call for Congress to extend WIC fruit and vegetable benefit bump

September 7, 2021
Ahead of September 30 Deadline, About 100 Organizations Call on Congress to Prioritize Child Health by Extending WIC Benefit Bump

Today, the National WIC Association (NWA), the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI), Vouchers 4 Veggies – EatSF, and 95 of the nation’s leading food and nutrition security, health policy, retail and agriculture, and child health organizations sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging an extension of the short-term increase to WIC benefits for healthy foods that expires on September 30. After four months of increased access to vegetables and fruits, over 4.7 million WIC participants will see a benefits cliff on September 30.

August 16, 2021
Re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan Increases SNAP Benefits By 25 Percent

Today, the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) delivered their re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to determine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. From this, the average SNAP benefit, separate from additional pandemic relief funds, will increase by $36.24 per person per month or $1.19 per day for Fiscal Year 2022, starting October 1, 2021. This increase in benefits marks the first time the plan's purchasing power has changed since its introduction in 1975.

August 5, 2021
Senate Bill Would Enhance WIC Funding Ahead of Deadline

Yesterday, the full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Agriculture Appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022 by a vote of 25-5. The bill would allocate $6.278 billion in funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), a $278 million increase over FY 2021 levels. Due to rescissions of unspent funds, this amounts to a $1.013 billion increase in WIC funding over FY 2021 levels.

July 30, 2021
National WIC Association Supports ACOG's Recommendation that Pregnant People be Vaccinated

Today, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the leading organization in obstetric care, recommended that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pregnant people are at an increased risk for death and complications from COVID-19. Yet, only about 22% of pregnant individuals have received one or more doses of the vaccine.

July 28, 2021
House Holds Hearing Emphasizing WIC's Crucial Services

Today, the House Committee on Education and Labor, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Human Services held a hearing on child nutrition to inform legislative activity intended to enhance access to healthy foods for infants and children through Child Nutrition Reauthorization. Child nutrition programs – including WIC – have not been fully reauthorized since the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. 

June 24, 2021
House Bill Extends Popular WIC Benefit Increase

Earlier today, the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee unveiled its fiscal year 2022 bill, funding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) at $6 billion. The bill extends the American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary increase in WIC’s fruit and vegetable benefit until September 2022.

May 28, 2021
Budget Proposal’s WIC Investments Build on Biden Efforts to Strengthen Nutrition Security

The White House budget proposed $6 billion in spending for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), inclusive of two new funding streams to meet expected needs: $200 million to support benefits should cost or participation increase and $100 million to support WIC technology systems.

April 29, 2021
Biden Calls for Bipartisan Investments for American Families In First Address to Congress

Last night, President Biden laid out the details of his $1.8 trillion American Families Plan, a 'human infrastructure plan' aimed toward children, students, and families during his first joint-session address to Congress to mark his 100th day in office. Before the event, the White House called the ambitious plan a "once-in-a-generation investment in our nation's future."

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

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.

December 29, 2020
USDA and HHS Announce Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025

NWA applauds the work of USDA and HHS for issuing the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025 with the inclusion, for the first time, of the unique life stages of infancy through 24 months, pregnancy, and lactation. As WIC providers, we recognize the importance of tailored life-stage nutrition guidance to shape lifelong positive nutrition habits to yield positive health outcomes. For WIC families and WIC staff, the DGAs are critical tools in support of positive birth, maternal, and child health outcomes.

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 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 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

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association, issued the following statement in response to the results of last week’s presidential election:


“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. We look forward to partnering with the Administration to unleash a world of possibilities for America’s children.

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 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
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."

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

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.”

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 27, 2020
Senate Proposal 'Wholly Inadequate' to Address Needs of Babies and Children

After two months of delay and with continued unreasonably high levels of unemployment and rising COVID-19 infections across the country, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and a number of Senate Republicans have unveiled a series of proposals that – taken together – are wholly inadequate to address the needs of infants and young children. With one-in-six families with children struggling to afford food, it is unconscionable to advance another relief package without robust nutrition assistance.

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 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 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 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 20, 2020
21 Health and Medical Groups Speak Out Against EPA Finalizing a Rule that Could Undermine the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards

On April 16, 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule that significantly weakens the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards – federal regulations that governs mercury and other air pollution produced by power plants. The MATS standards are an important step toward reducing mercury emissions, which have a disproportionate impact on fetal development and health. Even small amounts of mercury exposure can have significant health impacts on the lungs, kidneys, and nervous system. Fetal exposure to mercury can lead to brain damage and hearing/vision issues. NWA joined the American Lung Association and other major health groups in opposing this change and calling for appropriate regulation of power plant emissions.

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).

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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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
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 11, 2018
National WIC Association Applauds House Passage of the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

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 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 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).

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.

September 24, 2018
BREAKING NEWS: Public Charge Rule Moves Forward

Yesterday evening, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released its long-rumored proposed regulation related to the public charge test. The proposed rule significantly expands the public charge test to punish immigrants for accessing a wide range of federal programs, including SNAP and Medicaid. However, WIC is not listed in the proposed rule. The proposed regulation is therefore narrower than the leaked drafts that were published in news outlets this past spring. While NWA staff continue to analyze the proposed rule, here are some key insights:

September 23, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Opposes Public Charge Rule Targeting Nutrition Assistance and Health Access for Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) unveiled a proposed regulation yesterday evening that would greatly expand the public charge test for those applying for legal residency or entry to the United States. The proposed regulation would penalize immigrants who access a wide range of public assistance programs, including Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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.

July 11, 2018
Press Release: The National WIC Association Condemns U.S. Opposition to Breastfeeding Resolution

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement in response to the administration’s recent actions:

“The National WIC Association stands with our public health and breastfeeding support partners in strong opposition to the Trump Administration’s actions. The administration is once again placing the interests of large corporations over the interests babies, mothers, and the public’s health. Instead of bullying other nations at the behest of corporate infant formula lobbyists, the administration should focus on supporting breastfeeding mothers and their babies by promoting secure safe, hygienic, and private spaces for mothers to breastfeed."

June 21, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Statement: Partisan House Farm Bill Undermines Nutrition Assistance, Harming Children

NWA statement on partisan House farm bill that undermines SNAP: “After an outpouring of concern about the treatment of families on the border, it is outrageous that the House now moves forward with a bill that will take food out of the mouths of children.”

June 21, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Rejects OMB Reorganization Proposal

WASHINGTON – On June 21, 2018, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a proposal to reform and reorganize federal agencies. One of OMB’s proposals is to move the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) non-commodity nutrition assistance programs – including the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – into a renamed Department of Health and Public Welfare.

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?”

April 12, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Dismayed by Partisan House Farm Bill that Cuts SNAP Food Assistance

WASHINGTON – On April 12, 2018, Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chair of the House Agriculture Committee, unveiled a farm bill that includes reforms of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill’s provisions narrow SNAP eligibility, bolster existing work requirements, redirect SNAP funds from food assistance to job training programs, and impose new restrictions on reissuance of electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards. Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) has indicated that the SNAP provisions will prevent Democratic support and publicly cast doubt on whether House Republicans can muster enough votes to pass a partisan farm bill.

April 11, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Disturbed by Executive Order Targeting Federal Programs

Rev. Greenaway: “An administration that once pledged to fight for the ‘forgotten man’ continues to punish the Americans most in need.”

March 23, 2018
FY 2018 Omnibus Signed into Law, Providing Funding for the Next Six Months

Earlier this afternoon, President Trump signed the FY 2018 omnibus bill passed by Congress into law. After passage in the House yesterday afternoon, the bill was passed in the Senate in the wee hours of Friday morning

March 19, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Congratulates Baby-Friendly USA Milestone of 500 Baby-Friendly Designated Facilities in the United States

National WIC Association Congratulates Baby-Friendly USA Milestone of 500 Baby-Friendly Designated Facilities in the United States

Nearly 1 in 4 Births in the US Now Occur in Baby-Friendly Facilities

February 20, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Condemns Leaked Draft of Rule Targeting Immigrant Families

WASHINGTON – On February 8, 2018, media published a leaked draft of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that suggests the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will expand the definition of public charge to punish immigrants who are using nutrition assistance and public health programs that they are legally permitted to use. Programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have never before been considered in immigration decisions. The leaked draft is unprecedented and deeply concerning.

February 9, 2018
NWA Secures $14m for WIC Disaster Relief; Brief Shutdown Concludes; DHS Targets Immigrants on WIC

NWA Secures $14 Million for WIC Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands

This morning, Congress passed legislation that appropriated $90 billion in disaster relief for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This legislation includes NWA’s requested $14 million in infrastructure funding for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. These grants will assist our WIC state agencies with much-needed repairs to building infrastructure and technology systems that were damaged as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our thoughts remain with the communities damaged by natural disasters and NWA hopes that these funds will deliver quick relief to WIC clinics, staff, and participants in the affected regions.

January 22, 2018
Federal Government Enters Partial Shutdown

On Friday, the US Senate rejected a continuing resolution passed by the US House of Representatives that would have kept the government funded through February 16. The House bill had passed by a vote of 230-197, with only six Democrats voting in favor. In the Senate, the vote was 50-49 (with 60 votes needed for passage). Five Democrats joined most of the Republican caucus to support what would have been the fourth continuing resolution of this fiscal year. Four Republicans joined most of the Democratic caucus in rejecting the short-term fix and opting to continue negotiations on a wide range of issues, including the status of nearly two million immigrants. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), who is battling brain cancer, did not vote.

January 19, 2018
Press Release: National WIC Association Demands Congressional Action to End Government Shutdown, Fund Federal Programs

“Funding the government is the paramount responsibility of Congress, and Congress has abdicated this responsibility. We cannot accept using children as political pawns. The National WIC Association condemns this failure to reach a spending agreement and urges Congress and the Administration to act immediately to fund vital federal programs like WIC.”

December 22, 2017
Congress Funds Government until January 19, Neglects Key Policy Issues

Last night, Congress passed a short-term Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government through January 19, 2018. This temporarily averts a government shutdown and ensures that WIC will continue to be funded at FY 2017 levels, less a small cut to comply with sequestration requirements. The Senate voted for the measure 66-32, and the House approved the bill by a vote of 231-188. Numerous Democrats opposed the legislation because several important priorities were not addressed, whereas several Republicans voted against the bill because it left non-defense discretionary spending at current levels while neglecting to fully appropriate defense spending.

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.

July 20, 2017
Senate Appropriations Committee Passes FY 2018 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

A significant advocacy success for NWA is the Senate Committee’s decision to fund WIC breastfeeding peer counseling at $80 million compared to $60 million in the House Bill. The breastfeeding peer counseling program has been funded at a level of $60 million for the last several years, so the $20 million increase is a notable improvement and victory for NWA. The full authorized amount for breastfeeding peer counselors is $90 million.

July 18, 2017
House Budget Committee Reveals FY 2018 Budget Resolu

House Republicans released their FY 2018 budget resolution earlier today. This plan, introduced by House Budget Committee Chairwoman Diane Black (R-TN), would pave the way for ambitious tax reform legislation alongside a package of drastic spending cuts.

June 22, 2017
Senate Republicans Release Draft Affordable Care Act Replacement Bill

Senate Republicans released a discussion draft of their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) this morning. Although the draft differs from the House-passed healthcare bill in a number of ways, it does take many of its key provisions from the House Republicans’ American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was passed in May.

April 25, 2017
Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary

The Senate voted yesterday evening to confirm former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture. The vote was 87 to 11 with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Edward Markey (D-MA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jack Reed (D-RI), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) voting against the nomination. Perdue is the first agriculture secretary nominee in 31 years to receive even a single no vote from the floor. He is expected to be sworn in later today.

March 16, 2017
Trump Administration Releases Budget Blueprint

This morning, President Trump released his FY 2018 Budget Blueprint. The budget blueprint, also known as the “skinny budget”, includes top-level funding requests and some basic economic projections, though far less information and detail than the previous five administrations. The Trump administration’s full budget is expected to be released in mid-May.

March 8, 2017
House Republican Healthcare Bill Released on Monday

On Monday night, Republican leaders from two House committees—the House Energy and Commerce Committee, chaired by Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), and the House Ways and Means Committee, chaired by Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX)—released long-awaited draft bills to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Both committees are marking up their respective bills today.

For information about the bills, please see:

January 27, 2017
AAP Issues Statement on Protecting Immigrant Children

Following Wednesday’s immigration-focused Executive Orders signed by President Donald Trump, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) issued a statement underscoring the Academy’s continued support for immigrant children and their families.

January 5, 2017
Press Release: National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine released their Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice: Final Report

For Immediate Release

January 5, 2017
Contact: Hannah Shultz

WASHINGTON – The National WIC Association (NWA) is thrilled that key recommendations from the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released today in their Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice: Final Report reflect recommendations made by NWA, available here. We are delighted that the NASEM recommendations provide WIC families with options and flexibility to meet their dietary and nutrient needs, opportunities for increased consumption and choice in whole grains and fruits and vegetables, decreased certain foods that were found to be offered in too large a quantity or were burdensome to WIC families, and encourage continued and improved support for breastfeeding moms.

December 7, 2016
House Releases 5-Month Continuing Resolution

The House released their continuing resolution (CR) yesterday evening to fund the government past this Friday. It runs through April 28th at the same funding levels of FY 2016 – $1.07 trillion – which keeps the budget below the federal government’s strict spending caps. This means WIC will continue to operate at an annual funding level of $6.32 billion until the end of the CR.

December 7, 2016
Agriculture Chair Roberts: Child Nutrition Bill is Dead

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said yesterday afternoon that efforts to complete the bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs have come to an end.

September 29, 2016
Congress Passes 10-week Continuing Resolution

The House approved a 10-week continuing resolution (CR) late last night which will fund the government at 2016 funding levels until early December. 

September 10, 2016
Press Release: National WIC Association Statement on Infant Formula Manufacturers

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2016
Contact: Hannah Shultz

Denver, CO: This morning, National WIC Association (NWA) Board of Directors Chair, Donna Bister, announced during NWA’s 2016 Nutrition Education & Breastfeeding Promotion Conference the Association is ending its relationships with infant formula manufacturers, putting into effect a resolution passed in May 2015 and reaffirmed in May 2016 by voting members of the Association.

Effective immediately, NWA will no longer invite infant formula manufacturers to be members, exhibitors at conferences, advertisers or sponsors of events and activities.

April 22, 2016
House Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Bad for WIC and Other Programs

The House Education and the Workforce Committee’s Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, chaired by Congressman Todd Rokita (R-IN), introduced an extraordinarily bad child nutrition reauthorization bill, the ironically titled Improving Child Nutrition and Education Act of 2016 (H.R. 5003), yesterday afternoon.

March 14, 2016
15 Local WIC Agencies Awarded for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health (CDC/DCH) has funded 47 new community organizations, including 15 local WIC agencies, to improve healthy eating, increase opportunities for physical activity, promote tobacco-free/smoke free environments, and/or improve access to chronic disease prevention, risk reduction, and disease management at the community level. These awards, which are part of CDC's Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) National Organizations program, have been provided to chapters or affiliates of the American Heart Association, American Planning Association, and National WIC Association to use sound, evidence-based strategies that reduce the risks of costly chronic disease and promote healthier lifestyles. The 47 new chapters/affiliates can be viewed here. With this second round of funding, there are now 97 unique communities that have been supported since April 2015.

February 10, 2016
USDA Temporarily Allows WIC Funds for Flint-Area WIC Recipient Lead Testing Among Other Actions

Dr. Kathryn Wilson, Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services today announced that USDA “will temporarily allow Michigan to use WIC funds to conduct lead testing for WIC participants,” affecting potentially 3,800 participants.

January 19, 2016
Bi-Partisan Child Nutrition Bill Strong for Mothers and Young Children

The National WIC Association applauds Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Stabenow (D-MI) for their leadership and teamwork with Members of both parties on the Committee to create a strong, bi-partisan Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization bill. Scheduled for mark-up tomorrow morning, the bill, if passed, would set policies to strengthen the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and other child nutrition programs for 5 years. 

January 7, 2016
U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services Release 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Today, the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services released the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). The Guidelines are based on the Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The Guidelines translate much of the Committee’s Scientific Report into “succinct, food-based guidance that can be relied upon to help Americans choose foods that provide a healthy and enjoyable diet.

October 28, 2015
Bipartisan Budget Agreement Reached

A two-year bipartisan budget agreement was reached late Monday night by leaders of the House and Senate, as well as the White House. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she hopes to bring this to a vote in the House this week. If passed, this agreement would avert a government shutdown, at least for the next two years.

August 3, 2015
USDA Recognizes WIC Agencies for Supporting Breastfeeding Mothers

WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is recognizing state and local agencies of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (more commonly known as WIC) that excel in offering education and support for breastfeeding mothers. As part of World Breastfeeding Week activities, Vilsack has also proclaimed this week, Aug. 1-7, as National WIC Breastfeeding Week, “in appreciation of breastfeeding mothers and of all the dedicated volunteers, professionals, communities, and organizations who support their efforts.”

June 17, 2015
House Appropriations Committee Releases WIC Appropriations Bill Mark

17 June 2015 – The House Agriculture, Rural Development, Food & Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), Chair, Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), Ranking, will markup their version of the FY2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, including funding for the WIC Program tomorrow 18 June.

June 4, 2015
Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Linda Sánchez Introduce Wise Investment in Our Children Act to extend WIC to Age Six

Please read about an exciting marker bill dropped today by Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) which would extend eligibility for children to participate in WIC until their 6th birthdays. 

May 4, 2015
The National WIC Association Responds to WSJ Article on WIC Infant Formula Rebates and Program Eligibility

Read Reverend Douglas Greenaway's letter to the editor in response to last week's Wall Street Journal article about WIC, infant formula rebates, and program eligibility. 

February 19, 2015
2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Submits Recommendations to HHS and USDA

The National WIC Association (NWA) is pleased to share that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee submitted its recommendations to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for the 2015 edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

February 3, 2015
Joint Statement on the IOM Letter Report: An Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher

This statement was released today by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National WIC Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest, First Focus and March of Dimes in response to the release of the Institute of Medicine’s report, Review of WIC Food Packages: An Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher

September 29, 2014
NWA to Receive $2.39 Million from CDC to Fund High-Risk WIC Agencies for Chronic Disease Prevention

Learn more about this exciting initiative.

June 11, 2014
White House Threatens to Veto Potatoes

WIC potato issue gets attention in the House.

May 28, 2014
NWA Deeply Disappointed Potatoes Mandated in WIC

The scientific process of the WIC food package shouldn't be compromised.

February 28, 2014
NWA’s Statement on the USDA Final WIC Rule

See our statement on the USDA Final WIC Rule.

January 14, 2014
WIC FY 2014 Funding Update

The latest developments for WIC's funding & the potato issue.

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.

October 7, 2013
WIC Programs Remain Open Despite Government Shutdown

WIC Programs should be able to stay open through at least October 31.

August 2, 2013
FY 2014 Appropriations Update

WIC was underfunded last week in the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee’s passed FY2014 funding bill.

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NBC News | April 9, 2024
Low-income families have more to spend on fruit and veggies thanks to new WIC rule

The changes to the federal nutrition program will also give women, infants and children who receive benefits more flexibility to purchase other foods.

New York Times | April 9, 2024
Food Aid Program for Mothers and Children Will Provide More Fruits and Vegetables

The Agriculture Department updated the WIC program to more closely align with nutrition guidelines. The changes also reduce assistance for milk and juice.

Agri-Pulse | March 8, 2024
Opinion: WIC got the funding increase it needed. Here’s what must happen next

With WIC funding secured for the remainder of the fiscal year, families on WIC can breathe a sigh of relief — but only for a moment. The past fifty years have taught us that a better future for children and families is earned, not given. Today, we happily celebrate a big victory. Tomorrow, we roll up our sleeves and continue the fight.

Spectrum News | March 5, 2024
Wisconsin legislators praise deal to give WIC another billion dollars

Top Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill have agreed to fully fund the federal special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children that’s known as WIC. The program serves more than 90,000 people in Wisconsin, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

The New Republic | February 28, 2024
The Republicans’ Plan for Anti-Hunger Programs Could Leave Some Needy Families Behind

Beneficiaries of SNAP and WIC might end up getting caught in the crossfire of a proposed funding deal.

Salon | February 26, 2024
"Cut the partisan games": How House Republicans could force a choice between SNAP and WIC

WIC may get the additional funding it desperately needs — but there's a really big catch

NBC News | February 20, 2024
WIC faces a budget shortfall. For millions of women and young children, more than nutrition is at stake.

“It’s an investment in the overall health of your children,” said one mother who participates in WIC, which has been shown to increase rates of prenatal care, breastfeeding and childhood immunizations.

National Journal | February 14, 2024
Some Republicans who pushed to restrict abortions work to relieve financial ‘burden’ of pregnancy

Proposals like the expansion of the child tax credit and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have gained favor with Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who says he wants to ensure that pregnancy is not a “burden.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | February 5, 2024
Pittsburgh advocates say funding threat to WIC could ‘be quite a challenge’ for Pa. families

Pittsburgh advocates and officials are concerned that a $1 billion funding shortfall the federal nutrition assistance program for women, infants and children faces could force eligible families on waitlists for the first time in decades.

Spectrum News | January 30, 2024
27,000 Wisconsin women, children could be turned away from WIC by September

 provides nutritious food to millions of children and pregnant women. More than 90,000 of them are in Wisconsin. Because of higher food costs and greater participation than expected, WIC is facing a billion-dollar shortfall

WVLT | January 24, 2024
Pineville celebrates 50 year milestone of starting first WIC clinic in U.S.

The first women, infants, and children clinic was started in Pineville in 1974, and it would start a new era of healthcare across the country.

Civil Eats | January 24, 2024
WIC Shortfall Could Leave 2 Million Women And Children Hungry

In this week’s The Field Report, we report on WIC under threat, women farmworkers advocating for greater rights, and a fertilizer plant acquisition that fans consolidation fears. 

The New Republic | January 21, 2024
A Divided Congress Is About to Let Poor Families Fall Off a Hunger Cliff

If lawmakers don’t shore up a $1 billion shortfall, the most vulnerable families could lose key nutrition assistance benefits this year.

Salon | January 15, 2024
WIC at 50: Why the momentous occasion comes at a precarious time for the program

"The promise of WIC has been that the program will be there for anyone who needs it. It's a promise worth keeping"

Spectrum News | January 13, 2024
Food assistance benefits for moms, children could be impacted by spending fight in Congress

Congress still needs to vote on a plan to keep a handful of government agencies operating past January 19. One such program that hangs in the balance helps millions of families put food on the table.

The New York Times | January 10, 2024
Food Assistance for Mothers and Children Faces Funding Shortfall

The Agriculture Department has warned that millions of eligible pregnant and postpartum women and their children could risk missing out on nutrition assistance if Congress does not increase funding.

21WFMJ | December 13, 2023
Potential WIC funding shortfall may impact more than 100,000 women, children in Ohio, Pennsylvania

If WIC funding is slashed, it could lead to hundreds of millions in funding lost for those in need.

PoliticusUSA | December 13, 2023
House Republicans Pose an Increasing Threat to Women, Infants and Children Funding

Due to higher-than-expected participation and food costs, the White House is very concerned about the urgent need to fully fund the WIC program in 2024.

The Packer | December 13, 2023
White House: Congress risks shorting WIC benefits for parents and children

Congress must act soon to increase funding for WIC or risk that the program will have to turn away assistance to participants before the end of next year.

NBC News | December 12, 2023
Millions of parents and young kids could be denied food aid next year without funding boost, report warns

NBC News | December 10, 2023
Why Americans are going hungry despite a strong economy

With unemployment low and wages rising, the struggle for basic necessities like food should be easing. But those on the front lines of feeding the hungry say they are seeing the opposite.

salon | November 29, 2023
"Unnecessary and unacceptable": Why the American hunger crisis could get worse in 2024

The Fresno Bee | November 24, 2023
New Fresno mother describes how WIC program gives her baby the healthy start she needs Read more at:

Fortunately, we have a lifeline: the supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, otherwise known as WIC. For nearly 50 years, WIC has provided millions of pregnant women, new moms and young children with essential health and nutrition benefits.

National Journal | November 21, 2023
Congressional spending face-off rattles nutrition program for women, babies

WIC programs are stable for now, but higher food costs, growing caseload could force some to lose out without more federal aid.

POLITICO | November 21, 2023
Food aid for low-income mothers, babies becomes spending flashpoint

Advocates and state administrators fear they may have to begin putting people on waitlists to receive WIC benefits if Congress doesn’t increase funding in January.

New York Times | November 12, 2023
Why Is the Democratic Base Eroding?

The child poverty rate more than doubled last year. Nearly 9 percent of households with children were food insecure in 2022, up from 6.2 percent the year before. Children’s reading and math scores have plummeted since the pandemic.

CNN | November 12, 2023
This federal program that helps 2 in 5 babies may have to turn away families if Congress doesn’t act

Without a little aid from the federal government, Whitley Hasty would have a tougher time buying the fresh broccoli her toddler son loves to eat with ranch dressing.

USA Today | November 3, 2023
More babies are dying in the US: Details on the troubling trend

Experts consider infant mortality a key indicator of overall population health. The latest federal statistics reflect a jump in the death rate for just one year, 2022; however, they raise concerns because the U.S. has also failed in other key population metrics: maternal mortality rate has increased and the average life expectancy is declining.

NPR | October 26, 2023
Millions of American families struggle to get food on the table, report finds

Just putting three meals a day on the table was a struggle for millions of people in the U.S. last year. That's the sobering conclusion of a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which found hunger in the U.S. rose sharply in 2022.

The Washington Post | October 25, 2023
Hunger worsened among U.S. households in 2022, report finds

Rising inflation and spikes in the cost of living across the country, coupled with diminished federal assistance, have left many families with food insecurity

USA Today | October 25, 2023
As prices soared and government assistance dwindled, more Americans went hungry in 2022

Millions more Americans didn't have enough to eat in 2022 compared to 2021, representing the largest increase in food insecurity and hunger nationwide in more than a decade, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced this week.

NBC News | October 25, 2023
Food insecurity rose sharply in 2022, new report from USDA shows

17 million U.S. households faced food insecurity at times during the year, including 1 million more households with children compared to 2021.

Reuters | October 25, 2023
Millions more Americans were food insecure in 2022 than 2021 - USDA

Millions more Americans had difficulty securing enough food in 2022 compared to the year prior, including 1 million more households with children, a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed on Monday.

US News | October 19, 2023
U.S. Families Are Facing a Crushing Loss of Fruit and Vegetable Benefits in WIC Program

ABC News | September 29, 2023
Mother fears loss of WIC government program

At least 6 million Americans participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Scripps News | September 27, 2023
Government shutdown could cut food aid for millions of women, children

The colorful cornucopia of fruits and vegetables found in grocery stores across the country could get much harder to afford for those in the Women, Infants and Children program, also known as WIC.

ABC | September 25, 2023
Millions of women, children risk losing WIC's nutrition assistance if government shuts down

As Congress moves closer to a federal government shutdown, there's a growing risk that millions of pregnant & postpartum women, babies, & children will not have the nutrition & health supports they need from WIC.

PBS | September 17, 2023
Proposed WIC funding cuts raise nutrition concerns for low-income families

With a possible government shutdown looming, one federal program facing funding cuts is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which helps low-income families buy healthy foods. Nell Menefee-Libey, public policy manager for the nonprofit National WIC Association, joins Ali Rogin to discuss the potential impact on millions of children and pregnant people.

Civil Eats | September 12, 2023
Changes to WIC Benefits Would Cut Food Access for Millions of Parents

The WIC program faces funding cuts that could affect access to staple foods and infant formula, crop insurance costs rise as the climate changes, and more.

The New Republic | September 8, 2023
Our Best Weapon Against Food Insecurity Is in Danger

Without congressional action, millions could lose lifesaving benefits from the embattled Women, Infants, and Children program.

Marketplace | September 6, 2023
Food assistance funds for mothers and children are up for debate in Congress

“This week alone, I snuck mushrooms into enchiladas with the chicken. My kids eat frozen peas as a snack on a regular basis,” she said.

The Washington Post | September 3, 2023
Poor families could see cuts to food aid as Congress battles over budget

The Biden administration is seeking $1.4 billion in emergency funding as rising demand — and high food costs — imperil a federal program that provides healthy food for women, infants and young children.

Politico | August 1, 2023
‘It’s a crisis’: Maternal health care disappears for millions

Maternal healthcare is becoming increasingly difficult to access in the United States, putting women at higher risk of poor health outcomes and maternal mortality.

CNN | July 31, 2023
House Republicans aren’t done slashing food assistance and fighting over social issues

After clamping down on food stamps in the debt ceiling deal, House Republicans now want to take a whack at WIC, the food assistance program for low-income women, infants and young children.

Daily KOS | July 27, 2023
House Republicans take aim at toddlers and new moms in push for budget cuts

House Republicans propose cuts to WIC that will decrease access to healthy foods and Senate fudning would fall short due to quickly rising costs.

Common Dreams | July 27, 2023
Experts Warn House GOP Bill Would Imperil Food Aid for 5.3 Million Kids and Postpartum Adults

Hundreds of thousands of  toddlers, preschoolers, and postpartum adults would be turned away from WIC under the proposed House GOP Bill.

Common Dreams | July 26, 2023
Don’t Let Republicans Slash Fruit-and-Veggies Aid for Kids and Families

Cuts to WIC fruit and vegetable benefits would take a financial and mental toll on busy WIC parents.

The Commonwealth Fund | July 7, 2023
What Support for Women and Families Really Looks Like

As the maternal health crisis continues, policymakers and health care providers alike could take action to improve equity and health outcomes for women of color

KFF Health News | June 22, 2023
Black, Rural Southern Women at Gravest Risk From Pregnancy Miss Out on Maternal Health Aid

As maternal mortality skyrockets in the United States, a federal program created to improve rural maternity care has bypassed Black mothers, who are at the highest risk of complications and death related to pregnancy.

Agri-Pulse | June 21, 2023
WIC fruit and vegetable benefits targeted in fiscal debate

House Republicans are trying to roll back an increase in fruit and vegetable benefits for women and kids participating in the WIC nutrition program, which has long had strong bipartisan support.

National Journal | June 16, 2023
'None of this is fair': Lawmakers, advocates worry about debt deal's impact on nation's poor

Compromise softens blow to social safety net under GOP bill, but spending caps, expanded work requirements pose concerns.

Truthout | June 15, 2023
GOP Is Trying to Slash Food Aid to Kids Who Are Already Struggling to Access It

Acrucial form of federal nutritional assistance failed to reach the majority of eligible young children in recent years, even as conservative lawmakers have tried to smear public benefits recipients and further curtail their access to food aid.

National Journal | June 15, 2023
'It will be bad': WIC program becomes flash point in spending talks

Nutrition programs supporting low-income women, babies, and young children may need to tighten their belts—and impose waiting lists—under currently proposed spending levels for 2024.

POLITICO Pro | June 7, 2023
Rep. Bowman looks to 2024 for health equity legislation

Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that he’s looking to next year — and beyond the 2024 election — to make major strides in Congress on equity in health care.

Let It Be Known News | April 11, 2023
Could WIC strengthen black maternal health?

studies show that the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) reduces preterm birth by 10–14% and low birthweight by 11–24%. A 2022 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study suggested that WIC membership reduced infant mortality by 14–40%

NBC15 | April 10, 2023
Half of mothers infants and children eligible for WIC food subsidies not receiving them, USDA says

The USDA has found about six million Americans are not receiving food subsidies they are eligible for. Key nutrients for women infants and children, known as WIC, are not making it to family tables.

POLITICO | March 30, 2023
Sex ed, birth control, Medicaid: Republicans’ ‘new pro-life agenda’

Republicans in staunchly conservative states are championing some atypical legislation this session — promoting sex education, government welfare, and more birth control.

MarketWatch | February 23, 2023
Low-income families may finally be able to buy food online with their government WIC benefits

Currently, people who receive WIC benefits can’t use them to buy groceries online at retailers like Amazon or

Agri-Pulse | February 22, 2023
Dairy industry fighting proposed cuts to WIC allotment

The dairy industry is urging USDA not to cut the amount of dairy available for the nearly 6 million mothers, infants and young children who participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, best known as WIC.

Agri-Pulse | February 21, 2023
Opinion: WIC food package update is an opportunity to advance health equity

We must use our voices to insist that the package is updated to increase access to healthy foods for millions of Americans and advance equity while doing it.

The Washington Post | February 16, 2023
Nearly half of preschool-age kids aren’t eating their veggies

Young children aren’t eating daily vegetables and fruits, but they are drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, report shows

The 19th | February 13, 2023
‘We’ve failed mothers and kids so much:’ One year later, there’s no end in sight to the formula shortage

Many store shelves remain bare as the private and government response struggles to produce results and federal aid dries up. For parents of color most of all, it’s been a year of pain and panic.

Fox Business Network | December 28, 2022
Baby-formula imports to face tariffs again in 2023

Temporary exemptions put in place during US shortage will expire soon, as supply improves

Daily Mail | December 27, 2022
How the baby formula crisis is still going nine months on - and could get worse in 2023: Mothers face price hikes and a third of homes still struggle to find supplies - despite Biden administration's bid to fix shortage

Yahoo! Lifestyle | December 5, 2022
'In desperate need': Moms still search frantically for baby formula months after shortage

The anguish is palpable and heartbreaking as mothers still are frantically searching for baby formula to feed their babies.

The Philadelphia Inquirer | December 1, 2022
Why baby formula is still hard to find months after the shortage

Months after the worst point in the formula supply crisis, many families are reporting having trouble finding formula. Industry insiders say it will take time to fully restock shelves.

The 19th | December 1, 2022
The 19th Explains: Why baby formula is still hard to find months after the shortage

Months after the worst point in the formula supply crisis, many families are reporting having trouble finding formula. Industry insiders say it will take time to fully restock shelves. 

Agri-Pulse | November 17, 2022
WIC proposal increases produce benefit

Proposed changes to the Women, Infants and Children program announced Thursday by USDA's Food and Nutrition Service would give a boost to fruit and vegetable consumption but de-emphasize dairy. 

The Fence Post News | September 23, 2021
House CR includes disaster, WIC provisions

The Fence Post is a nationwide agricultural newspaper.

The Packer | September 9, 2021
One hundred groups call for Congress to extend WIC fruit and vegetable benefit bump

The Packer is a newspaper and website covering the fresh produce industry.

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) | September 9, 2021
Critics say a lack of diversity among nutrition professionals skews America’s understanding of dietary health

The FERN produces in-depth and investigative journalism in the areas of food, agriculture, and environmental health.

The Packer | June 14, 2021
National WIC Association calls for a permanent increase in fruit and vegetable benefits

The Packer is a newspaper and website covering the fresh produce industry.

The Counter | April 15, 2021
WIC has proven effective in improving the health of children and mothers. This could be a big year for the program.

The Counter investigates the forces shaping how and what America eats.

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Civil Eats | April 13, 2021
A Food Program for Women and Children Is About to Get More Federal Support

The Counter is a digital news and commentary site about the American food system.

The Washington Post | December 22, 2020
What will the new stimulus package mean for the nearly 50 million food-insecure Americans?

The Food & Environment Reporting Network (FERN) | October 1, 2020
Advocates push to make WIC waivers permanent

The FERN produces in-depth and investigative journalism in the areas of food, agriculture, and environmental health.

The New York Times | July 8, 2020
Meal Programs Scramble to Feed More Hungry Children

TIME Magazine | June 1, 2020
Mothers Who Rely on Federal Food Aid Struggle to Get Groceries Safely During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The Washington Post | April 10, 2020
Worries over formula shortages have stirred interest in re-lactation. Here’s what to know.

The New York Times | March 30, 2020
Families Scramble to Find Baby Formula, Diapers and Wipes