The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

When I was a kid, my parents used to take me to Broad Street Market where they had the surplus lines where you could get the canned Spam, the cheese, the butter, rice, and all that stuff. And they still do that sometimes now. They leave stuff out or they give it to certain people that come in the market. They know that I’m always collecting stuff for my community food bank, so if they have leftovers someone will say “Can I put something in your car for you to take home that you can share?” So Broad Street Market means a lot to me.

Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

WIC provides crucial nutrition assistance to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, as well as babies and toddlers under age 6.  Scientific research continues to show that WIC improves the health of very young children.  See our Children's HealthWatch research for more information about the health impacts of WIC.

Current Issue

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.

 

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