Lawmakers returned to DC last week after the Thanksgiving recess, resuming negotiations on Appropriations bills for Fiscal Year 2024. The House Republican conference continues to face a deadlock on the Agriculture Appropriations bill, which funds WIC, complicating its path forward. Agriculture funding is currently set to expire on January 19, by which time leaders in both the House and Senate have indicated that they hope to advance a full-year spending deal. While key Appropriators have recently reiterated their commitment to fully funding WIC to serve projected caseloads, additional investment will be needed in the full-year funding package to ensure no eligible individuals are turned away from the program next year. Recent analysis shows that insufficient funding would disproportionately impact Black and Hispanic families, who would be more likely to be turned away from WIC, should the program be forced to implement waiting lists for the first time in nearly three decades. You can tell your members of Congress to support full funding for WIC here.
Raise your voice Now with our NYS leaders by using this simple NWA online tool. Remind our leaders that NYS has seen over a 16% overall increase in participation since March 2020, and over 26% in children! The message? Congress must act to serve projected caseloads with the current science based food package.
Are you a Local Agency director, staff member or a WIC participant? Are you a member of a health profession who is dedicated to Women, Infants and Children’s health issues? Are you a member of the community who is interested in helping out in the World of WIC? The WIC Association of NYS Board of Directors is always looking for people interested in getting involved! Contact us by email for more information.
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The WIC Association of New York State, Inc. is the leading organization supporting and enhancing the services of the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program and its direction for the future.