Thursday, June 17, 2021

WIC Advocates Push for Extended Fruit and Vegetable Increase

Like all safety net programs, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has faced enormous pressures to meet the demands of the pandemic. Forced by the necessity to adopt more digital and tele-access for its clients, WIC saw enrollments rise and clinics develop new practices that advocates hope can become a permanent part of the program. Brian Dittmeier, senior public policy counsel for the National WIC Association, the education arm and advocacy voice for the program, spoke with Spotlight recently about changes to WIC, including an expanded fruit and vegetable portion of the food package. The conversation has been lightly edited for content and length.

See the interview here