September 22, 2020 – Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA) on Monday introduced the extension of greater than a dozen flexibilities guaranteeing members within the Particular Supplemental Diet Program for Girls, Infants and Kids (WIC) proceed receiving the meals and well being help they want throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA’s proactive extension of those waivers all through the nationwide public well being emergency will guarantee nutritionally at-risk moms, infants, and youngsters obtain the important vitamin advantages and companies they depend on in a secure method whereas permitting this system to function based mostly on native circumstances all through the pandemic.
“USDA has been extraordinarily steadfast in providing flexibilities to make sure Individuals in want proceed to obtain meals help throughout COVID-19. President Trump has demonstrated his dedication to supporting Individuals in want throughout the pandemic and setting them up for fulfillment as our nation reopens and recovers,” mentioned Secretary Sonny Perdue. “WIC offers very important companies to new and expectant moms, infants, and youngsters and we’re dedicated to creating it as straightforward as doable for them to obtain the help they want throughout the pandemic.”
With out right now’s motion, these important flexibilities would have expired on the finish of this month.
WIC offers supplemental meals, vitamin training, breastfeeding promotion and help, and well being care referrals to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding girls, infants and youngsters beneath 5 who’re decided by well being professionals to be at dietary danger.
USDA’s Meals and Diet Service (FNS) has made most use of current program flexibilities and the waiver authority supplied by Congress to make it as straightforward as doable for youngsters and households to take part in WIC– and all the division’s vitamin help packages – throughout the COVID-19 well being emergency.
The WIC waivers being prolonged enable for:
- Members to be authorised for WIC with out being bodily current in a neighborhood workplace;
- Distant issuance of advantages to any participant;
- Flexibility in meals package deal necessities, together with dairy, grains, greens, and toddler meals; and
- Extra choices for pick-up of meals packages.
Extra data on the WIC waivers prolonged right now, together with these which have been authorised because the begin of COVID-19, is out there at www.fns.usda.gov/coronavirus and on Twitter at @USDANutrition.