Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: WIC Miscellaneous Provisions

This final rule amends a number of existing provisions in the WIC Program regulations to address issues raised by WIC State agencies, other members of the WIC community, and the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO). This final rule also incorporates recent legislation and certain longstanding program policies and State agency practices into the regulations. Further, the final rule also streamlines certain requirements in the regulations.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Revisions in the WIC Food Packages

This document makes corrections to a proposed rule document 06-6627 beginning on page 44784 in the issue of Monday, August 7, 2006.

Resource | Final Rule
Final Rule: State Administrative Expense Funds

This rule implements a provision of the Act that increases the minimum State Administrative Expense grant for each State administering the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and/or the Special Milk Program (SMP) from $100,000 to $200,000 a year, adjusted by an index beginning in fiscal year 2009.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Revisions in the WIC Food Packages

This proposed rule would revise regulations governing the WIC food packages to align the WIC food packages with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and current infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, better promote and support the establishment of successful long-term breastfeeding, provide WIC participants with a wider variety of food, provide WIC State agencies with greater flexibility in prescribing food packages to accommodate participants with cultural food preferences, and serve participants with certain qualifying conditions under one food package to facilitate efficient management of medically fragile participants.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: Discretionary WIC Vendor Provisions in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004, PL 108-265

This rule proposes to amend regulations for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) by adding three requirements mandated by the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 concerning retail vendors authorized by WIC State agencies to provide supplemental food to WIC participants in exchange for WIC food instruments.

Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
Analysis of WIC Food Package Prescriptions,1998-2002

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) assists low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children by providing nutrition education, health and social service referrals, and supplemental foods. Specific WIC foods and maximum quantities are defined by Federal regulations. However, State and local WIC agencies have flexibility to tailor food package prescriptions to address participants’ individual needs and preferences. The purpose of this report is to illustrate the types and amounts of foods being prescribed within the WIC Food Package for each category of participants. This report does not provide information on redemption of the food prescriptions, or on actual food consumption; at this time, comprehensive data are available only on food prescriptions.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2006-5
WPM #2006-5: Value Enhanced Nutrition Assessment-WIC Nutrition Assessment Policy

The VENA Guidance is intended to guide WIC state agencies in developing policies and procedures related to all aspects of nutrition assessment.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2006-6
Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule Clarification

WIC Policy Memo #2006-6. This policy memorandum updates the guidance provided in Final WIC Policy Memorandum #2006-4, dated January 11, 2006, regarding the implementation of the WIC Vendor Cost Containment Interim Rule, published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2005, at 70 FR 71708.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2004

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics (PC2004) report summarizes demographic characteristics of WIC participants nationwide in April 2004, along with information on participant income and nutrition risk characteristics. A national estimate of breastfeeding initiation for WIC infants is included. The report also describes WIC members of migrant farm-worker families.

Resource | Research | Food/Nutrient Analysis
WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change

This is a report of the National Academies' Institute of Medicine (Food and Nutrition Board), published here by permission. It is also available on the Institute of Medicine website. In response to many concerns about the WIC food packages, the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) asked the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a review of the WIC food packages.