Resource | Webinars/Videos
Demystifying the USDA Foods Complaint Process Part One

This is Part One of a three-part webinar series that explains the USDA Foods Complaint Process. In this December 11, 2015, webinar, Andre Orange and Tony Wilkins of the Food Distribution Division provide an overview of the USDA Foods complaint process.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0047
Increase in the Cash Value Voucher for Pregnant, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding Women

The purpose of this memorandum is to notify WIC State agencies that the monthly value of the cash value voucher (CVV) for fruits and vegetables for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women will increase from $10 to $11 beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2016 on October 1, 2015.

2015-4
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0044
Medicaid Primary Payer for Exempt Infant Formulas and Medical Foods

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to clarify the WIC regulatory requirement at 7 CFR 246.10(e)(3)(vi) that WIC State agencies must coordinate with the State Medicaid Program for the provision of exempt infant formulas and medical foods (i.e. WIC-eligible nutritionals, as defined by 7 CFR 246.2).

2015-7
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0042
Promising Practices in WIC Food Cost Containment

This policy memorandum is being issued in response to the Fiscal Year 2013 audit by USDA’s Office of Inspector General, state agencies’ Food Costs for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (Audit #27004-0001-22).

WIC 2015-6
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0051
Updated Nondiscrimination Statement for WIC State Agencies

This policy memorandum transmits changes from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights regarding the appropriate nondiscrimination statement to use on Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) materials.

2016-2
Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
Diet Quality of Young American Children by WIC Participation Status: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005-2008

This report uses data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to provide a comprehensive picture of the nutrient intakes, food choices, and diet quality of young children who are WIC participants, income-eligible nonparticipants, and higher income participants.

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
National and State-Level Estimates of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Eligibles and Program Reach, 2012

This report offers updated estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits in 2012, including (1) estimates by participant category (including children by single year of age) and coverage rates; (2) updated estimates in U.S. territories; and (3) confidence intervals. The national estimates presented in this report are based on a methodology developed in 2003 by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council (CNSTAT). The report’s State-level estimates use a methodology developed by the Urban Institute that apportions the national figures using data from the American Community Survey.

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
National and State-Level Estimates of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Eligibles and Program Reach, 2013

This report offers updated estimates of the number of people eligible for WIC benefits in 2013, including (1) estimates by participant category (including children by single year of age) and coverage rates; (2) updated estimates in U.S. territories; and (3) confidence intervals. The national estimates presented in this report are based on a methodology developed in 2003 by the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council (CNSTAT). The report’s State-level estimates use a methodology developed by the Urban Institute that apportions the national figures using data from the American Community Survey.

Resource | Research | National Academy of Sciences/IOM
Review of WIC Food Packages: An Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher: Letter Report

At the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an expert Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee is undertaking a comprehensive review of the food packages used in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to bring the program into alignment with current dietary guidelines. In this letter report, the first of three reports to result from this review, the IOM committee evaluates the 2009 regulation that excluded white potatoes from purchase with the WIC cash value voucher (CVV) and considers whether white potatoes should henceforth be allowed as a WIC-eligible vegetable in the CVV.

Resource | Research | Breastfeeding
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2 (ITFPS-2): Intention to Breastfeed

The WIC Infant and Toddler Feeding Practices Study 2 (WIC ITFPS-2)/ “Feeding My Baby” Study is designed to describe the feeding practices used by caregivers and measure the nutrition outcomes of children who participate in WIC. The study uses a longitudinal design; caregivers respond to surveys periodically from a prenatal interview through the infant’s third birthday. This study will provide a series of reports. The current report presents results from the prenatal survey.