In June 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to reduce funding for WIC in the 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. If passed in the Senate, this budget cut could drop 200,000 – 350,000 mothers and young children from the WIC program. See an analysis from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities. The U.S. Senate should reject short-term cost saving measures that will hurt our youngest and most vulnerable children.
The Center is currently working with area hospitals to develop a model “hunger-free hospital” that involves food insecurity screenings, benefits enrollment assistance, discounted cafeteria meals, and more. For more information or to get involved, please contact us!