USDA Seeks Funding From Congress for WIC Program

The supplemental nutrition program is among those that have not received appropriations for the current fiscal year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates there are 810,000 who are eligible to apply for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Though the Food and Nutrition Service found that only 51 percent of those who were eligible applied for the program in 2021, Secretary Tom Vilsack stated, “We’re making progress in connecting more of our nation’s youngest children and moms with WIC’s life-changing benefits.”

The USDA reports that more eligible people are signing up for WIC, and officials also state that costs are higher than they were a year ago.

The department stated, “It is critical that Congress provide additional funding for WIC in the January appropriation. The longer Congress puts off fully funding WIC, the greater the risk to mothers, babies, and children seeking nutrition and health support from the program.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Administrator Cindy Long as she facilitates the WIC program.
  • For Deputy Under Secretary Stacy Dean as she heads the Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services.
  • For discernment for Secretary Tom Vilsack as he leads the Department of Agriculture.

Sources: Department of Agriculture

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