Millions of moms and babies are boosted by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) each month, including more than half of all infants born in the U.S. But still there has been a steady decline in WIC participation over the years that could leave to negative health impacts for both moms and kids.
That is why it is so exciting that a bi-partisan group of U.S. Senators have introduced the WIC Act to make improvements to this important nutrition and health program so more moms, infants, and toddlers can access the program.
The bill, sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (PA) and Susan Collins (ME), empowers states to enact three common-sense reforms:
(1) Extending child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten;
(2) Extending postpartum eligibility to two years; and
(3) Extending infant certification periods to two years.
Each provision improves access to vital nutrition support and education at crucial periods of growth and development.
By expanding WIC eligibility for at-risk infants, children, and new moms, the WIC Act will lead to improved maternal and child health outcomes and help to address nutrition gaps during critical period of the lifespan. By closing the “WIC gap”, nearly 600,000 children nationwide will maintain access to WIC’s nutrition services ensuring they receive a strong, healthy nutritional foundation. It truly is a wise investment!
Source: Moms Rising