Stronger WIC, Healthier Kids and Moms
By University of California Nutrition Policy Institute in partnership with Public Health Foundation Enterprise-WIC, Pepperdine University, and the National WIC Association
Researchers at the University of California Nutrition Policy Institute in partnership with Public Health Foundation Enterprise-WIC, Pepperdine University, and the National WIC Association released a policy brief sharing evidence-based recommendations for strengthening the federal WIC program. The policy brief compiles evidence from multiple local, statewide, and multi-state studies–interviews, surveys, and convenings–evaluating recent changes to WIC during the COVID-19 pandemic, including an increase in the cash value benefit for purchasing fruits and vegetables. Based on these findings, key stakeholders developed one overarching recommendation for WIC–to continue providing a hybrid model of in-person and remote service to participants–and six key policy recommendations. The goal of the recommendations is to increase the enrollment and retention of WIC participants to maximize the proven health impacts of the program.
March 14, 2022
Stronger WIC, Healthier Kids and Moms. UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute. The National WIC Association. Pepperdine University. Public Health Foundation Enterprises-WIC. 3 March 2022. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/364473.pdf Available online: https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws.upl/nwica.org/npi-policy-brief.pdf