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The New WIC: Food and Focus
Beginning October 2009, WIC is offering a new food package based on the healthy eating advice of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Food Package Facts
- WIC foods help to improve the nutrition and health status of the nation’s low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children.
- WIC families will have more variety to help make smart choices. The new package offers fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat milk and baby food in addition to cereal, eggs, juice, peanut butter and beans.
- The food packages help support WIC’s nutrition education messages, better promote and support successful long-term breastfeeding and provide more variety of foods.
- Foods included in the food packages are lower in fat and cholesterol, higher in fiber and limit added sugar and sodium.
- To help lower the amount of saturated fat, cholesterol and total fat the WIC food packages provide and to help control costs, some participants will receive less milk, eggs and juice.
For more information about the changes to WIC foods or to make comments or recommendations about the federal regulations and changes to the new WIC Food Package, you may do so by visiting:
Interim Rule - Revisions to the WIC Food Packages
Please submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.