National WIC Association

COVID-19

All content tagged with the term "covid19".


  • WIC's Cash Value Benefit (CVB) Increase: What Does It Mean For Me?

    May 11, 2021 - News & Blog
    USDA has allowed state agencies to temporarily increase the fruit and vegetable cash-value benefit. Learn what that means for you!


  • Lessons Learned from COVID-19: The Ongoing Need for Remote WIC Services

    May 6, 2021 - News & Blog
    As WIC providers mobilized to ensure uninterrupted services during the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress recognized the need to waive in-person requirements to permit remote services and telehealth appointments. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act waived physical presence requirements and allowed WIC providers to conduct nutrition risk assessments via telephone or two-way video calls. WIC families have long identified physical presence requirements as a barrier to ongoing participation due to barriers such as transportation, taking time off work, or childcare. Looking forward, Congress could modify the physical presence requirements beyond the pandemic.


  • COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page

    April 5, 2021 - g


  • Amid Bipartisan Calls for WIC Investments, COVID Relief Must Do Right for our Children

    February 1, 2021 - News & Blog
    Following the Biden-Harris Administration’s comprehensive $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, a group of ten Senate Republicans has put forth a $618 billion proposal to provide more targeted relief. Both of these plans include an investment of $3 billion in WIC.


  • Biden-Harris Plan Delivers Strong Framework to Build Back Better

    January 14, 2021 - News & Blog
    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.


  • COVID Relief Agreement Only First Step in Addressing Hunger

    December 21, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • Why Your Gift Matters: Keeping WIC Families Safe During COVID-19

    December 14, 2020 - News & Blog
    Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, NWA has steadfastly fought for increased flexibility to keep WIC participants, clinic staff, and their families safe from exposure to the virus. NWA’s advocacy – in Washington and through grassroots activism by our national membership – was vital in securing flexibilities for the duration of the national public health emergency.


  • Strong WIC Developments in USDA Secretary Pick, Bipartisan COVID Relief

    December 9, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • Why Your Gift Matters: Supporting Healthy Families Through WIC

    December 7, 2020 - News & Blog
    NWA supports healthy families by promoting the nutrition and breastfeeding work of the WIC community.


  • Why Your Gift Matters: Supporting WIC’s Essential Workers

    December 2, 2020 - News & Blog
    In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NWA worked to ensure that WIC agencies were equipped to provide WIC services and advocated on behalf of the program and WIC families.