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Letter to the Editor: Fully fund WIC

Letter to the Editor:  Fully fund WIC

To the Editor:

Nearly 124,000 parents, newborns, and young children in New York State may not be eligible for WIC, a federal nutrition program created especially to assist expectant mothers and new mothers in meeting their basic needs for fresh produce, formula, and milk.

This is due to WIC experiencing a $1 billion funding shortage for the first time in 25 years as a result of higher-than-expected participation and growing food costs, which may force millions of people nationwide to be placed on waitlists or have their benefits slashed for the first time in three decades.

That would be extremely harmful to families throughout our state. WIC promotes young children’s development and health in addition to helping parents make ends meet. Research demonstrates that WIC not only helps participants improve their diets by buying healthier foods, but also significantly improves the health and development of mothers, infants, and children.

There is not much time left for lawmakers to put this right. We’re pleading with Senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Chuck Schumer, Marcus Molinaro, our House Majority member, and all of our congressional representatives to move swiftly to fully fund WIC so that every child in New York State has the nourishment they require to grow up healthy, as the deadline of January 19th to prevent a partial government shutdown approaches.


Director of No Kid Hungry in New York is Rachel Sabella

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