National Advisory Council on Maternal, Infant and Fetal Nutrition
Function: The Council studies the operation of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and related programs such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). Previously, the Council was mandated to submit a report every 2 years to the President and the Congress recommending ways to improve program operations. The Federal Reports Elimination Act of 1998, P.L. 105-362, enacted November 10, 1998, eliminated the function of the Council and the requirement that a Council report be submitted. The Council, however, has continued to follow the precedent of submitting biennial recommendations to the President and Congress.
Members: The Council is composed of 24 members.
Membership includes: State WIC director; State CSFP director; State WIC
fiscal Director; State health officer; local WIC project director in an
urban area; local WIC project director in a rural area; local CSFP
project director; State public health nutrition director; representative
of an organization serving migrants; official from a State agency
serving predominately Indians; 2 WIC and 1 CSFP parent participants;
pediatrician; obstetrician; representative of a non-profit public
interest organization; person involved at the retail sales level of food
that has experience with and knowledge of the WIC Program; expert in
drug abuse education and prevention; expert in alcohol abuse education
and prevention; expert in breastfeeding promotion; 2 officials from the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); and 2 officials
from the Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Council meetings: The Council meets at least once each year at the call of the Chairperson. All meetings are open to the public.
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