May 30, 2023 – In regulatory comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provided input on USDA's request for information and comments on the proposed rule "Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Online Ordering and Transactions and Food Delivery Revisions to Meet the Needs of a Modern, Data-Driven Program".
As stated in the recommendations submitted, the Academy supports "WIC as a key federal nutrition program that provides nutrient-dense supplemental food to a significant number of women and infants in the United States and as critical intervention to improve health outcomes of babies, young children, and both pregnant and postpartum women."
The Academy supports the department's plans to remove barriers and modernize certain WIC food delivery regulations and that state agencies be able to develop and test new options such as mobile payments and remote issuance of WIC benefits. The Academy endorses efforts to prioritize dignity and equal access to available shopping options for WIC clients.
Read the Academy's comments here.
Academy members interested in engaging in further nutrition security efforts are encouraged to join the monthly Nutrition Security Affinity Group meetings.
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