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2022: building the bridge to a modern wic

As the United States enters the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC providers know that the program must continue to adapt to serve a new generation of WIC families. Effective pandemic-related measures – including the WIC benefit bump and remote WIC services – are contingent on emergency waivers and short-term extensions. WIC providers, stakeholders, and advocates must raise their voice and roll up their sleeves to build a bridge from pandemic-related flexibilities to more modern and accessible WIC services. In 2022, WIC reforms can be accomplished through:

  • Appropriations: The annual process to fund federal programs, including WIC. Increased investment can sustain the WIC benefit bump and expand the overall value of the WIC benefit, driving healthier outcomes by enhancing access to nutritious foods.
  • Child Nutrition Reauthorization:¬†Legislation to consider reforms in WIC and other child nutrition programs, including school meals. Child Nutrition Reauthorization can incorporate lessons learned while operating WIC during COVID-19, while also addressing long-delayed reforms to expand, sustain, and streamline access to WIC’s effective nutrition support.
  • USDA Rulemaking: USDA is expected to revise WIC regulations, starting in fall 2022 with a review of the WIC food packages. This action could permanently expand the value of the WIC benefit to provide greater access to healthy foods in the years ahead. USDA will also evaluate vendor regulations as part of a broader effort to scale up online shopping options for WIC families.

 

take action to strengthen wic

With potential reforms on the table, now is the time to engage with the National WIC Association and help usher in the next generation of WIC services. In 2021, the National WIC Association convened the WIC Action Network to keep grassroots supporters informed and strengthen public education efforts about WIC services during COVID-19. Connect with the WIC Action Network to hear about the current policy landscape and plug in with opportunities to raise your own WIC voice. Learn more about current WIC priorities with the following resources:


Priority Issues

Advocacy Toolkit
WIC is at a turning point, as policymakers consider how…
WIC Bump and FY 2023 Appropriations
WIC delivers improved health outcomes on a shoestring budget. Before…
Child Nutrition Reauthorization
WIC program reforms are considered through a process known as…

Food Package
WIC’s public health success is rooted in science, with healthy…
Online Shopping
In the initial weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA was…
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NWA Press Releases
Nov 17 2022

Broad Support for USDA Effort to Enhance Access to Healthy Foods for WIC Families

Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a proposed…

Oct 19 2022

USDA's New Investments Bolster Transformative Moment for WIC Services

"Modernizing the program will unlock healthier outcomes for the next generation, but new investments in…

Oct 12 2022

National WIC Association Renews Commitment to Health Equity, Welcoming New President and CEO Dr. Jamila Taylor, Maternal and Child Health Policy Expert 

Dr. Jamila Taylor: “I stand ready to help strengthen the Association's work to advance policy…

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NWA Blog Posts
Nov 22 2022

Native American Heritage Month: Anna Calabaza

In this special audio blogpost, listen to Anna Calabaza, supervsior at the Santo Domingo Pueblo…

Oct 31 2022

5 Reasons to Renew Your NWA Membership

It’s that time of year - time to renew your NWA membership! Read about the…

Oct 12 2022

Announcing NWA's New President & CEO: Dr. Jamila Taylor!

NWA is excited to announce the selection of Dr. Jamila Taylor (she/her) as our new…

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Contact Brian Dittmeier at bdittmeier@nwica.org.