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Science — Not Politics — Should Shape the WIC Food Package

June 4, 2013

With the farm bill and appropriations bills moving through Congress, the potato industry is pushing again to require the WIC program to add white potatoes to the limited list of foods it provides, contrary to what the nation’s leading nutrition experts recommend.  Despite such lobbying campaigns in the past, Congress has never dictated the specific foods that WIC should provide — and...

Sequestration Could Deny Nutrition Support to Up to 750,000 At-Risk Low-Income Women and Children

March 5, 2013

Update April 11: The paper this post is based on has been updated and can be found here.

The Office of Management and Budget has now calculated how the “sequestration” budget cuts will affect WIC — the highly effective nutrition program that serves roughly 9 million low-income women and...

Sequestration Would Deny Nutrition Support to At-Risk Low-Income Women and Children

February 27, 2013

Update April 11: The paper this post is based on has been updated and can be found here.

As we explain in a new paper, some 600,000 to 775,000 low-income women and children who are eligible for WIC — the highly effective...

It’s Hard to Learn When You’re Hungry

September 6, 2012

Nearly 17 million children live in households that have trouble affording enough nutritious food at some point during the year, according to figures that the Agriculture Department released this week.  That’s a powerful reminder of why we must make sure that every child who needs school meals gets them, including low-income children...

Round One to the Potato Lobby, But the WIC Fight’s Not Over

August 7, 2012

The potato industry is pressing Congress to break its 40-year commitment to ensuring that the foods that the WIC program provides reflect recommendations from nutrition scientists, not lobbyists.  And so far, it’s succeeding.

That’s bad news for the 9 million low-income pregnant and postpartum...

Keeping Politics out of the WIC Food Package

June 15, 2012

The potato industry is pushing Congress to require the WIC program to add white potatoes to the limited list of foods it provides, counter to recommendations by the nation’s leading nutrition experts. Throughout WIC’s four-decade history, Congress has never intervened in the selection of specific WIC foods. Breaking that long-standing tradition could undermine one of our most successful...

Community Eligibility Expands Reach of School Meals Program

June 12, 2012

The Center, in conjunction with the Food Research and Action Center, has collected new data that show the early success of “community eligibility” — the provision in the 2010 child nutrition reauthorization law...

Underfunding WIC?

September 19, 2011

For each of the last 15 years, Presidents and Congresses of both parties have given the WIC nutrition program enough funding to serve all eligible low-income pregnant women, infants, and young children who apply. Leaders of the current Congress have reiterated this commitment rhetorically. But there are mounting questions as to whether they will live up to it, as our new report explains.

Ill-Informed Claim Does Not Justify WIC Cuts

June 14, 2011

The House is scheduled to vote today on a measure to slash funding for the WIC nutrition program, which (as we have shown) would force the program to turn away at least 200,000 to 350,000 eligible low-income women and children next year. The Appropriations Committee approved this unprecedented cut last month, in part based on the claim that more than 40 percent of WIC costs go to program administration. But this claim is flatly false, as our new paper shows.

Using School Lunch Subsidies for Low-Income Students as Intended

June 13, 2011

The Agriculture Department posted a regulation on its website today to make sure that federal subsidies to help pay for school meals for low-income children don’t instead subsidize junk food or meals for better-off children. It also will generate a much-needed infusion of non-federal revenue to build on new federal investments to improve the quality of school meals.