Last year, WIC serve more than 6 million people per month, including more than a third of the nation’s infants and participation continues to rise. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, WIC gave women and children between nine to $11 a month to purchase fruits and vegetables.
In 2021, Congress increased that amount and women now receive between $45 and $49 a month and children get $25. But in their annual spending bill, House Republicans want to cut those cash benefits back close to pre COVID levels.
The left leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities estimates those cuts could affect one and a half million pregnant and postpartum women and three and a half million children. With Congress unlikely to pass those spending bills by the end of the month, the White House is asking for $1.4 billion in emergency funds.
Now Nell Menefee-Libey, Public Policy for the National WIC Association, a nonprofit organization representing public health nutrition service providers and WIC beneficiaries. Now, thank you so much for being here.