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Priority Messages and Legislation

As Congress is now split between a Republican House and Democratic Senate, WIC must sustain and grow its long record of bipartisan support. With more than 6.4 million women, infants, and children relying on WIC support, the WIC provider community must collectively raise its voice to secure necessary changes and build momentum for a modern WIC experience.

WIC policy is determined through the House Education and Workforce Committee and the Senate Agriculture Committee. The latter committee is prioritizing the 2023 Farm Bill, a comprehensive reauthorization of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and farm subsidies. Aligning committee priorities between the House and Senate presents an added challenge to securing a fuller reauthorization of WIC and child nutrition programs.

WIC funding is determined through the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, particularly through the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. These committees will assess whether WIC funding will need to increase to cover program costs stemming from participation increases, food inflation, and the lingering effects of 2022’s infant formula shortages. NWA is firmly committed to assuring ongoing authority and funding for WIC’s fruit and vegetable bump and USDA’s proposed food packages

Broader policy that impacts WIC families may extend to other committees. This is especially common in health policy that overlaps with WIC service delivery, including the Black Maternal Health Momnibus and Medicaid proposals.


Resources


Fiscal Year 2024 Funding Brief: Increased WIC Funding Needed to Meet Projected Caseload
This brief details the need for adequate funding to meet WIC’s increasing caseload.
Fact Sheet
Key Messages: Spring 2023
This resource provides a concise overview of critical public education and advocacy priorities for the WIC community. Throughout Spring 2023,…
Report
2023 State of WIC Report: Building the Bridge to a Healthier Future
The 2023 State of WIC report – supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation – centers infant feeding, economic equity, and…

Fact Sheet
WIC's Fruit and Vegetable Bump: Building the Foundation for Healthier Children
Since spring 2021, WIC has enhanced monthly fruit and vegetable benefits for nearly 5 million young children and women. This…
Report
Multi-State WIC Participant Satisfaction Survey: Cash Value Benefit Increase During COVID
A new report released by the National WIC Association (NWA), in partnership with researchers from the Nutrition Policy Institute (NPI), reveals an…
Policy
Child Nutrition Reauthorization: Prioritizing Healthier Outcomes for the Next Generation
In 2022, Congress passed a narrow child nutrition package that enacted long overdue reforms so that school-age children would be…

Policy
Striking the Right Balance: Modernizing WIC Access with Remote Service Models
As WIC works to reach a larger share of the eligible population, remote services have proven to be a popular…
Policy
WIC's Role in the National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health
The National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health was unveiled at the White House Conference in September 2022. The Strategy…
Policy
2023 Farm Bill: Building WIC/SNAP Linkages to Strengthen Nutrition Security
With the current Farm Bill set to expire in September 2023, Congress is poised to review the comprehensive legislation that…

Policy
Support the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act
The Momnibus Act is a comprehensive package of bills that would address entrenched racial disparities in maternal health. Introduced by…