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COVID-19

All content tagged with the term "covid19".


  • Senate Unveils FY 2021 Appropriations Bills, Including WIC Funding

    November 10, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • WIC & Health Resources for Native Peoples

    November 1, 2020 - News & Blog
    These resources were specifically created for Native populations and tribes. Topics include nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal health, COVID-19, mental health, and other health issues.


  • COVID Relief Uncertain as Congress Passes WIC Waivers Extension

    October 1, 2020 - News & Blog
    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.


  • 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.