WIC Benefits Expanded & Extra $8 Billion Nutrition Program
By Cooking Panda
In an announcement sure to bring relief to many across the country, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on September 21st that they would be extending waivers allowing more flexibility in receiving remote assistance for the WIC program during the pandemic. The extension will go until 30 days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency.
The extension leaves options open that many relied on for their own safety and wellbeing of their families, including telephone, text and video assistance options, remotely loading WIC benefits onto WIC cards, and allows continued flexibility in WIC food packages to accommodate potential supply issues. This is no doubt a welcome announcement for many families who have been hit hard by the pandemic’s economic consequences, and are trying to avoid potential virus exposure that would come with going in-person to a WIC clinic.
Shortly after the extension was announced, a continuing resolution to fund the government through December 11th was also passed and signed. This resolution includes an extra $8 billion for child nutrition programs and the authority for the USDA to extend WIC waivers through September 2021, as well as issue new waivers and additional extensions.