Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0187
Implementation of WIC and WIC FMNP Waiver Extension Provisions in the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act

This policy memorandum provides further guidance on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children programmatic waivers as authorized under the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act (PL 116-159), in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

WIC Policy Memo #2021-1
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0164
Extension for Certain Approved COVID-19 Waivers

This memorandum formally extends certain active waivers until 30 days after the end of the nationally-declared public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act.

WIC Policy Memorandum #2020-6
Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2020-0131
USDA Foods Program Disaster Manual

This manual contains important information for persons in FNS Headquarters, FNS regional offices, and distributing agencies, which include State Distributing Agencies and Indian Tribal Organizations that are charged with the responsibility of providing USDA Foods to disaster relief organizations in the event of a disaster, emergency, or situation of distress.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0101
Extensions for Approved COVID-19 Waivers through September 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides the USDA statutory and regulatory waiver authorities necessary in a public health emergency such as COVID-19 to encourage social distancing and reduce visits to WIC clinics. To date, FNS has approved requests from all WIC state agencies to waive select statutory and regulatory requirements through June 30, 2020.

WIC Policy Memorandum #2020-5
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0068
Treatment of Funds Received Under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act

This policy memorandum contains guidance to WIC state agencies regarding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (PL 116-136) that provides rebates to many low- and middle-income households, as well as additional unemployment benefits. FNS has received a number of questions regarding how WIC state agencies should consider payments to individuals authorized under the Act when conducting a WIC income determination.

WIC Policy Memo #2020-3
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0066
WIC Policy Memorandum #2020-2: Extensions for USDA FNS-Approved COVID-19 Waivers through June 30, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides USDA statutory and regulatory waiver authorities necessary in a public health emergency such as COVID-19 to encourage social distancing and reduce visits to WIC clinics. To date, FNS has approved requests from all WIC state agencies to waive select statutory and regulatory requirements through May 31, 2020. USDA FNS is extending waiver approvals through June 30, 2020 for all WIC state agencies that choose to continue operations under their approved waivers.

WIC Policy Memo #2020-2
Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0064
FD-148: The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

This memorandum includes questions and answers on flexibilities available to Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) and state agencies on the operations of FDPIR. These flexibilities may assist ITOs and state agencies that administer FDPIR in continuing to provide food to people in need during the novel COVID-19 public health emergency.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0055
Request for Funding for Facility Improvements & Equipment Upgrades to Prevent, Prepare for and Respond to Coronavirus Challenges

Consistent with the CARES Act, USDA will be allocating the $50 million for facility improvements and equipment upgrades to Indian Tribal Organizations and state agencies that administer FDPIR for program costs allowable under the law.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0026
Q&As related to COVID-19: WIC and the Food Distribution Programs

With the recent passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to assist with the novel   coronaviruspublic health emergency,  WIC received an increase in funding for the program as well as increased ability to provide states with the flexibilities they need to support mothers, infants and children that rely on WIC.