Public Comment Period for WIC
Last Fall, the USDA released a proposed
rule to update the WIC food packages to reflect the latest nutrition
science. Here are ways you can engage on WIC:
a public comment on the proposed rule
to update WIC food packages by February 21, 2023.
out our media toolkit on proposed updates
to the WIC food packages – help spread the word!
- Check out our September 2022 joint blog with
Salud America! on the importance of updating the WIC food packages
to improve Latino health.
- Check out UnidosUS and Hispanic Federation’s letter in support of proposed
updates to the WIC food packages.
- Check out this issue brief by the National WIC
Association (NWA) on the importance updating the WIC food packages
to close nutrition disparities for Latinos.
- Check out this recent post by the US Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) on WIC’s impact on the Latino
out this funding opportunity from the WIC
Community Innovation and Outreach (CIAO) Project
- The USDA is working with Food Research and
Action Center (FRAC), UnidosUS, the Native American Agriculture
Fund and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition to help increase
WIC participation and retention to reduce disparities.
- The deadline for applications is March 23, 2023.
Update on School Nutrition Standards
The USDA recently released a proposed
rule to update school nutrition standards to improve
a public comment on the proposed rule to update school nutrition
standards by April
out our school meals nutrition standards media toolkit. – help spread the
out our Q/A webpage for more details on our
school meal nutrition standards proposed rule.
families you reach to apply for free and reduced-price school meals for their children
Update to Changes on SNAP
Please find information below from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
about upcoming changes to SNAP benefits, in addition to available
resources to support the communities you serve.
March 2023, temporary boosts
to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)’s benefits
(known as emergency allotments) that were authorized by Congress to
help low-income families deal with the food and economic hardships
of the COVID-19 pandemic will end nationwide following the recent
passage of the FY23 Omnibus
- SNAP is the
nation’s largest Federal nutrition assistance program. Over the
course of the COVID-19 pandemic, SNAP emergency allotments brought
all SNAP households to the maximum benefit allowed by household size
provided SNAP households with a supplement of $95/month (whichever
to the passage of the FY23 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Federal law
required States to have an emergency or disaster declaration in
place during an existing Federal public health emergency declaration
in order to issue SNAP emergency allotments. Currently, 33 states (including DC and Guam)
are providing SNAP emergency allotments. 18 States no
longer have emergency or disaster declarations and, therefore, have
already stopped issuing emergency allotments.
more information about what the end of SNAP emergency allotments
means for you and/or the communities you serve, please visit the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)
- If you have questions about your SNAP benefits,
please contact your state or local SNAP agency. You can find their
contact information here:
- Please check out our latest infographic on forthcoming
changes to SNAP benefits: >https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/2023-benefit-changes<
- Please check out our latest blog on the end of SNAP
you think your children may be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals,
contact your local school district at any time.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and
Children (WIC) is a public health nutrition program for low-income
parents, infants, and children. WIC provides foods to meet your and
your family’s specific nutrition needs, plus nutrition education,
breastfeeding support, and referrals to important health care and
other social services. If you think you or your family may be
eligible, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-how-apply
for more information.
you know families in need of additional support to put food on the
table, local programs and partner organizations are available to
help. You can call 1-866-3-HUNGRY
or 1-877-8-HAMBRE to speak with a representative who
will find food resources such as meal sites, food banks, or other
social services available near your location.
For further questions, please contact
Alberto Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
White House Office of Public Engagement
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