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Important New WIC Rule

The United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released a final rule that updated the food package using the most up-to-date science on child nutrition for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  WIC is a vital program that supports the health and well-being of pregnant and postpartum people, infants, and young children.  

Our research has shown the vitally important impact WIC has on the health and well-being of kids and families, including healthier birth weights for babies,  better health among children under three, and lower risk of developmental delays in young children.  

Aligned with the most recent science of child nutrition, this new rule will update the food packages, which are -f prescribed food and beverages available to be purchased using WIC. The new package increases the fresh fruit and vegetable benefit, expands whole grain options, provides flexibility in the sizes of dairy products and non-dairy substitutions, includes more healthy sources of protein like canned fish and canned beans, and increases flexibility in the amount of infant formula. These science-based revisions take into consideration the diverse cultural and dietary needs of participants in WIC. 

WIC is a critically important program to support the health and well-being of families. In 2022 alone, WIC served over 6 million participants nationwide. Half of all infants nationwide qualify for the program. Due to its reach, it is all the more vital that this program truly address the needs and cultures of all the families it serves. This rule will provide more flexibilities that we hope will result in better health outcomes for young children. 

To learn more about the rule you can watch this video created by the USDA.