The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

"That’s Shaykia, she's my fourteen year old. She helps out a lot with her baby sister. That’s her school, and this is the school’s playground. I thought the playground was only supposed to be for the children to go and play.  But on the playground there were drug needles, people smoking marijuana and stuff.  So where do we take our small children to go and play?  There’s nowhere that we can take children to go play without being exposed to a lot of that stuff."

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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