Urge Congress to Increase WIC Funding in the 2024 Budget
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Congress has until Sep 30, 2023, to pass the government funding package for FY 2024. Tell Congress to prioritize WIC benefits for families with low income.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) has been a lifeline for families with low income for nearly fifty years. However, WIC participation is surging beyond previous projections. As of the first six months of fiscal year 2023, WIC serves 6.6 million participants, exceeding earlier estimates.
This accelerated growth and higher food prices demand additional funding to maintain the no-waitlist commitment and continue to provide the current science-based food benefits.
Yet, the House Appropriations Committee has proposed devastating cuts to WIC funding, including a significant reduction in the fruit and vegetable benefits. The Senate Budget bill allocation is not enough to sustain the program either.
The consequences of these proposed cuts are alarming. 1-4 year-olds would see their monthly allotment for fruits and vegetables slashed from $25 to just $11. For nursing mothers, it drops from $49 to $15. These reductions hinder the nutritional well-being of underserved Californian families and can create waiting lists for WIC assistance.
Tell Congress to increase WIC funding before Sep 30, 2023, to ensure participants will not lose critical benefits or be turned away.
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