AGRIBUSINESS: Food Assistance Gets a Revision

 
It’s been more than 30 years since the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) had comprehensive revision.
 
Last Friday, USDA finalized changes to the program, giving better access to nutritional food to U.S. low income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children.
 
A couple changes are: around a 30 percent increase in the dollar amount for children’s fruits and vegetable purchases and allows parents of older infants to choose to buy fresh fruits and vegetables instead of jarred baby food.
 
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack says the program will better meet the diverse nutritional needs of mothers and children.
 
More than eight million people receive WIC benefits each month and recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention attribute changes to the program to the decline in obesity rates among low-income children.


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