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“The cashier made me feel so bad about myself for using WIC. As soon as I got in her line she saw my WIC folder, she puckered her lips because she doesn’t like messing with the WIC. She made me feel like I was doing something wrong. Like ‘you shouldn’t be getting this assistance, you should be paying for this.’ I just felt really uncomfortable. And then people are getting in line and the line’s getting longer, so you’re feeling like you’re holding up the line. I started getting embarrassed about it. I didn’t like that feeling.”

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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