USDA Proposes Science Driven Updates to Foods Provided Through WIC

Posted by Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity on December 6, 2022

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is proposing changes to the foods prescribed to participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC. FNS proposes changes to align the food packages with the latest nutrition science and support equitable access to nutritious foods during critical life stages. These science-based revisions incorporate recommendations from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025. These changes will increase the current level of assistance while providing WIC state agencies with more flexibility to tailor the packages to accommodate personal and cultural food preferences and special dietary needs and increase variety and choice for WIC participants, making the program more appealing for current and potential participants.

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