Resource | Rule
Revisions in the WIC Food Packages

This interim rule revises regulations governing the WIC food packages to align the WIC food packages with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) \1\ 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, and provide WIC State agencies with greater flexibility in prescribing food packages to accommodate participants with cultural food preferences.

Resource | Research | Assessing/Improving Operations
WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2006

The WIC Participant and Program Characteristics (PC2006) report summarizes demographic characteristics of WIC participants nationwide in April 2006, 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, Analysis & Background
Survey of the Public Health Nutrition Workforce: 2006-07

Report. Survey of the Public Health Nutrition Workforce: 2006-07

Resource | Policy Memos
WIC Policy Memorandum #2007-5 WIC Program Response to a Human Pandemic

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance to WIC State agencies in planning, preparing for and responding to the possibility of a human pandemic.

Resource | Research | Nutrition Education and Promotion
Nutrition Education Research Review

related behaviors is, however, a complex challenge. FNS encourages providers to incorporate available scientific evidence into their plans and activities in order to maximize the impact of nutrition education. To assist nutrition educators in their use of relevant research, FNS conducted a review of studies on: Message framing, Use of interactive technology to tailor messages, and Intervention intensity. The review was intended to document how these specific features of nutrition messages and interventions influence the likelihood of promoting more healthful food choices. The review began with a computerized literature search of articles published in peer-reviewed journals between 1995 and 2004. Abstracts were reviewed and articles selected based on topic relevance. A systematic effort was also made to identify pertinent unpublished reports. Finally, additional studies were incorporated by cross-checking references in the initial set of studies examined. Three comprehensive reviews – one associated with each topic – were produced. There is also a research brief which incorporates information from the individual reviews in an expanded executive summary.

Resource | Research | Participation Characteristics
Tables Describing the Asset and Vehicle Holdings of Low-Income Households in 2002

The tables in this report summarize the asset and vehicle holdings of five low-income household groups by their food stamp asset and income eligibility status in September 2002.

Resource | Research | Payment Accuracy and Program Integrity
2005 WIC Vendor Management Study

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) serves low- income pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. In almost all States, the Program provides eligible recipients with vouchers that can be used at authorized stores—referred to as vendors. The 46,000 authorized vendors are mostly grocery stores and pharmacies which have signed agreements to follow program rules. In 1991 and 1998, FNS conducted national studies of WIC vendors to determine the extent of vendor violation of program rules. After the 1998 study, FNS issued regulations to correct vendor practices. The 2005 study replicates the 1998 study to determine whether the regulations were effective, and to measure the frequency of vendor violations and the degree to which vendors charge accurate prices for WIC transactions. It also provides data on payment error as required by the Improper Payments Information Act (IPIA) of 2002 (P.L. 107-300).

Resource | Policy Memos | 2007-4
WIC Advanced Planning Document (APD) Policy Changes

WIC Policy Memo #2007-4. The purpose of this memorandum is to set forth policy in the Advanced Planning Document (APD) process for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program).

Resource | Policy Memos | 2007-2
State Agency Model (SAM) Systems Transfers

This policy memorandum outlines the requirements for the revised WIC Advance Planning Document (APD) process and provides additional guidance to State agencies that are interested in the transfer of a SAM system.

Resource | Policy Memos | 2007-1
Certification and Monthly Food Benefits Issuance Cycles and Reporting Monthly Participation on the FNS-798

WIC Policy Memo #2007-1. This policy memorandum provides clarification of several program requirements regarding certification and monthly food benefits issuance cycles and reporting monthly participation on the WIC Financial Management and Participation Report (FNS-798)