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PART 246—Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children

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This part announces regulations under which the Secretary of Agriculture shall carry out the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, as amended, states in part that the Congress finds that substantial numbers of pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and young children from families with inadequate income are at special risk with respect to their physical and mental health by reason of inadequate nutrition or health care, or both.

The purpose of the program is to provide supplemental foods and nutrition education, including breastfeeding promotion and support, through payment of cash grants to state agencies which administer the program through local agencies at no cost to eligible persons. The program shall serve as an adjunct to good health care during critical times of growth and development, in order to prevent the occurrence of health problems, including drug and other harmful substance abuse, and to improve the health status of these persons.

The program shall be supplementary to SNAP; any program under which foods are distributed to needy families in lieu of SNAP benefits; and receipt of food or meals from soup kitchens, or shelters, or other forms of emergency food assistance.

Subpart A—General

§ 246.1   General purpose and scope.
§ 246.2   Definitions.
§ 246.3   Administration.

Subpart B—State and Local Agency Eligibility

§ 246.4   State plan.
§ 246.5   Selection of local agencies.
§ 246.6   Agreements with local agencies.

Subpart C—Participant Eligibility

§ 246.7   Certification of participants.
§ 246.8   Nondiscrimination.
§ 246.9   Fair hearing procedures for participants.

Subpart D—Participant Benefits

§ 246.10   Supplemental foods.
§ 246.11   Nutrition education.

Subpart E—State Agency Provisions

§ 246.12   Food delivery methods.
§ 246.13   Financial management system.
§ 246.14   Program costs.
§ 246.15   Program income other than grants.
§ 246.16   Distribution of funds.
§ 246.16a   Infant formula and authorized foods cost containment.
§ 246.17   Closeout procedures.
§ 246.18   Administrative review of state agency actions.

Subpart F—Monitoring and Review

§ 246.19   Management evaluation and monitoring reviews.
§ 246.20   Audits.
§ 246.21   Investigations.

Subpart G—Miscellaneous Provisions

§ 246.22   Administrative appeal of FNS decisions.
§ 246.23   Claims and penalties.
§ 246.24   Procurement and property management.
§ 246.25   Records and reports.
§ 246.26   Other provisions.
§ 246.27   Program information.
§ 246.28   OMB control numbers.

Updated: 08/12/2019