Proposed Updates to WIC Nutrition Program Include Greater Access to Seafood Public Comment Period Now Open

Published on November 17, 2022, the new rule is the first food package update of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) WIC program since 2009.  This science-based update adds seafood to more of the packages and strengthens the USDA’s efforts to align its nutrition programs with the latest U.S. dietary and health guidelines.

NMPF, IDFA Seek to Fix WIC Proposal that Would Decrease Access to Dairy’s Nutrients

Representing dairy farmers, cooperatives, and processors, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) issued the following joint statement in response to USDA’s proposed changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

FMI Welcomes Proposal to Modernize, Provide Flexibility in the WIC Food Package

November 18, 2022 FMI

FMI – The Food Industry Association Chief Public Policy Officer Jennifer Hatcher issued the following statement on the U.S. Depar

NGA Urges for Modernization of WIC Food Package to Provide Flexibility for Independent Grocers and Families

November 18, 2022 National Grocers Association

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a proposed rule to revise food package within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The last review of WIC food packages occurred in 2009.

South Carolina Extends Cash Value Benefit Increase on Fruits, Veggies for WIC Participants

January 3, 2022 Tim Renaud, WSAV

“Typically, CVBs are around $9 per child and $11 for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women. With the upcoming holiday season, we are happy to be able to allow our WIC families to purchase more fruits and vegetables,” said Berry Kelly, State WIC Director. “This temporary boost is an investment in our WIC families’ futures.”