𝗜𝗖𝗬𝗠𝗜 𝗨𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗻𝗲𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝗾𝘂𝗲𝘀𝘁
Do you work with people who are pregnant or caring for children under age five? We’d like to hear from them. Please encourage them to take a short five-minute survey (available in English, Spanish, and Chinese). Learn more and share this invitation with partners and families before September 30!
𝗪𝗜𝗖 𝗥𝗲𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗘𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝗝𝗮𝗻𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯
WIC waivers and flexibilities associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have been extended through at least mid-January 2023. WIC agencies may continue to enroll and serve participants remotely via phone, text, or videoconference.
These and other essential WIC flexibilities are tied to the federal public health emergency (PHE). Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra guaranteed 60-days’ notice before allowing the PHE to expire. Since WIC’s waivers are in place for an additional 90 days after expiration of the PHE, WIC providers will have five-months’ notice between the announcement that the PHE will expire and the end of COVID-related waiver authorities. Visit the WIC section of our COVID-19 page for information and updates.
Remote issuance of WIC benefits is now permanently allowable.
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗦𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗧𝗼𝗼𝗹𝗸𝗶𝘁: 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗘𝗱𝘂𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁
Our new social media toolkit highlights the many ways WIC supports a participant’s breastfeeding journey. With expert breastfeeding education and support, experienced peer counselors, free pumps and supplies, and resources for partners and others in a support role, WIC helps participants meet their breastfeeding goals. Explore our WIC Breastfeeding Education and Support Toolkit to find social media content you can immediately put to use, including sample language in English and Spanish and a large assortment of high-resolution graphics.
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗢𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵 𝗙𝗹𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀
The WIC Help New York Resource Center is a one-stop shop for WIC outreach materials. Our latest resources include a new WIC Fact Sheet and series of flyers focused on WIC’s health and nutrition benefits for families who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or raising children under age five. Visit to find everything you need to spread the word and connect families to WIC, including tools to promote Wanda, WIC’s 24/7 virtual assistant.
𝗔𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗡𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 #ExtendtheWICBump
Reports show that increases in WIC benefits have led to increased fruit and veggie consumption among WIC-enrolled children and a greater variety of produce purchased by WIC families. Unless funding is extended, participants will lose access to WIC’s enhanced vegetables and fruits after September 30. Please take two minutes to add your voice to this national effort and share it along with #ExtendTheWICBump to support the long-term health of children with early nutrition interventions like the WIC Bump.
𝗪𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗻 𝗛𝘂𝗻𝗴𝗲𝗿, 𝗡𝘂𝘁𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗜𝘀 𝗧𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆! 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗢𝗻𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗮 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘆 𝗡𝗲𝗮𝗿 𝗬𝗼𝘂!
On September 28, the Biden-Harris Administration will host a conference on hunger, nutrition and health, more than 50 years after the first conference of its kind. The inaugural conference, held in 1969, had a pivotal impact on our nation’s ability to combat hunger and increase access to nutrition, leading to major expansions of SNAP and school meals, and the creation of WIC.
Once again, we have the opportunity to chart a course for the future. As this historic event is livestreamed on September 28, and for the weeks and months after, we are all invited to participate. Learn more about hosting a watch party and priorities from the WIC community. You are also invited to register here to join the National WIC Association’s watch party, which will be held on September 28, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET.
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱-𝗨𝗽
Check out the latest research and resources from our partners around the state and nation.
𝙉𝙚𝙬 𝙔𝙤𝙧𝙠 𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙩𝙝 𝙁𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣
The NYHealth Survey of Food and Health presents findings from a statewide survey on food insecurity and describes the connections between food and health for New Yorkers. Key takeaways include:
• Food-insecure New Yorkers are twice as likely to rate their health as ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ and make health care sacrifices such as delaying or skipping medical care.
• New Yorkers who participate in nutrition programs such as SNAP and WIC rate them highly, reporting they “strongly agree” or “agree” the program is easy to use.
• Nutrition programs are underutilized, with 13% of food-insecure New Yorkers enrolled in WIC, 45% enrolled in SNAP, and 22% receiving school meals.
• Ninety-three percent of individuals who participated in WIC during the pandemic want the services made available during this time, such as remote benefit issuance and re-enrollment, to be made permanent.
Map the Meal Gap estimates food insecurity for the overall population and children at the local level. In New York State in 2020, 1 in 7 children, or 14.6%, were food insecure, a decrease from 15.6% in 2019. Although 2021 data for NYS is not yet available, recent national data (see below) give hope.
𝙐𝙎𝘿𝘼 𝙀𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘 𝙍𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙘𝙝 𝙎𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙚
Food insecurity among U.S. households with children fell to 12.5% last year — the lowest rate in over 20 years — according to USDA’s Household Food Security in the United States in 2021 report. For households with children under age six, food insecurity fell from 15.3% to 12.9%. The progress was made in a year when several pandemic-related social safety net programs and child nutrition program flexibilities were in place to mitigate spikes in hunger caused by the pandemic.
𝙐𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙎𝙩𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙨 𝘾𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙪𝙨 𝘽𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙪
Child poverty, calculated by the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), fell to its lowest recorded level in 2021, declining 46% from 9.7% in 2020 to 5.2% in 2021, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this month. Between 2020 and 2021, Black child poverty rates slid by 8.8 percentage points to 8.1%. Similarly, Hispanic child poverty rates fell by 6.3 percentage points to 8.4% in that one year. The new data show the significant impact the expansion of anti-poverty programs during the COVID-19 pandemic had on reducing child poverty.
𝑨𝒏𝒅 𝑩𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒖𝒔𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒆𝒎𝒃𝒆𝒓 𝑰𝒔 𝑵𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒂𝒍 𝑪𝒉𝒊𝒍𝒅𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝑶𝒃𝒆𝒔𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝑨𝒘𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒔𝒔 𝑴𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 …
According to the CDC, obesity affects low-income children more than children from families with higher income. Nearly 90% of WIC participants are from households with income at or below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. CDC and USDA analyzed data from the WIC Participant and Program Characteristics 2020 Report and found a decade-long decline in childhood obesity in WIC families, specifically among children aged 2-4. In New York State, the obesity rate dropped from 16.1% in 2010 to 13.8% in 2020. WIC helps reduce these risks by providing nutrition education, promoting healthy eating, and providing families with individually tailored food packages that increase access to healthier food and dietary quality.