Promising Practices in WIC Food Cost Containment

Last Published: 05/11/2017

This Policy Memorandum is being issued in response to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 audit by USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), State Agencies’ Food Costs for the Food and Nutrition Service’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (Audit #27004-0001-22). OIG recommended that FNS share with WIC State agencies some of the food cost containment practices that show promise for reducing WIC food costs in two key areas: 1) vendor management and 2) selection and authorization of supplemental foods.

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