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COVID-19

All content tagged with the term "covid19".


  • In Bid for Bipartisan Deal, House Democrats Release Compromise COVID Relief Proposal

    September 29, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • State Spotlight: Nevada WIC Implements Innovative Delivery Program

    September 28, 2020 - News & Blog
    Nevada WIC worked with their health department, legislators, and advocates to develop a plan for WIC online ordering to maintain WIC participation and create a more equitable shopping experience for WIC families. With a unified coalition and champions in leadership across state agencies, Nevada WIC was able to tap into a portion of CARES Act funding to support home delivery for WIC food items. Nevada WIC has showcased the significant success that comes from working in partnership towards common goals – increasing access to WIC while also protecting WIC families from increased exposure to COVID-19.


  • Congress Sustains Bipartisan Consensus for WIC, Child Nutrition Flexibilities

    September 22, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • What Does the USDA Waivers Decision Mean For WIC?

    September 21, 2020 - News & Blog
    After months of constant and bold WIC waiver advocacy and coalition building by NWA, USDA announced an extension of WIC flexibilities until thirty days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency. NWA remains committed to assisting state agencies and frontline providers with navigating the federal emergency response and delivering quality services throughout the pandemic.


  • NWA Secures Continued WIC Flexibilities throughout COVID-19 Pandemic

    September 21, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • Want to Fight for the Safety of WIC Families? Join the #WICWaiversWork Campaign

    September 4, 2020 - News & Blog
    Find instructions, examples, and messaging for how you can take action to protect WIC families. #WICWaiversWork


  • WIC Waivers Work: A Message from Rev. Douglas Greenaway

    September 3, 2020 - News & Blog
    WIC providers know that COVID-19 is not going away. WIC clinics populated by young children are not equipped for safe social distancing. In several states where clinics have reopened, services have been disrupted or shut down as clinic staff has been exposed to or contracted COVID-19. We cannot put clinic staff or WIC families at life-threatening health risk.


  • WIC Providers, Medical Community Urge USDA to Immediately Extend COVID-Related Flexibilities

    August 31, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • State Spotlight: New Hampshire WIC Reaches Newly Eligible Families During COVID-19 Pandemic

    August 17, 2020 - News & Blog
    The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant job and income loss for families across the nation. Programs like WIC have served as a safety net for an increasing number of newly eligible families. New Hampshire WIC in particular has seen an average increase of 12% in WIC participation.


  • State Spotlight: How South Carolina WIC Creatively Supports Breastfeeding Moms

    August 10, 2020 - News & Blog
    This pandemic has wedged physical distance between families and their support systems, posing significant challenges for new mothers who are navigating parenthood. However, South Carolina’s Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and IBCLCs have found creative ways to connect and support new WIC moms throughout the pandemic. South Carolina’s WIC Director, Berry Kelly applauds the entire SC WIC team and states that "our team has ensured that WIC has remained a steady, consistent nutritional and public health support for mothers, babies, and children."