Senior Policy Analyst
One way to honor mothers as we approach Mother’s Day is to protect and strengthen the federal child nutrition programs, which help millions of mothers feed their children and are up for renewal this year.
I testified at a Senate hearing today on ways to improve the school breakfast and lunch programs, which serve more than 30 million children on a typical school day. That includes more than 21 million low-income children, whose families may have trouble affording adequate food. I outlined ways to ensure that federal meal subsidies go only for meals that meet program requirements and only to children who qualify for them.
Another key program is WIC, formally the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. WIC provides nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and health care referrals to more than 8 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children. Our major new report summarizes extensive research demonstrating WIC’s effectiveness. Specifically:
WIC is a proven, cost-effective investment that improves the nutrition and health of low-income families. As Congress reauthorizes WIC this year, it should ensure that the program remains strong and accessible to eligible low-income families.