Child Nutrition and WIC

Key Programs Lay Building Blocks for Kids’ Success

As Congress begins its budget deliberations, lawmakers should be concerned not only with how they’ll allocate funds next year but also with the long-term implications of their decisions. Cuts to effective programs that ensure children start life on a positive path, such as WIC and home visiting, and those that help families meet their basic needs, like SNAP, rental assistance, and Medicaid, could prove costly in the long run.

Related: WIC: Critical Support at a Critical Period of Life


More Than 6 Million Children Have Better Access to School Meals

More than 14,000 high-poverty schools in more than 2,200 school districts across the country adopted community eligibility for the 2014-2015 school year. These schools, which serve more than 6 million children, represent roughly half of all eligible schools.


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