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WIC Fact Sheet

WIC was established as a permanent program in 1974 to safeguard the health of low-income women, infants, and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. This mission is carried out by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, nutrition education (including breastfeeding promotion and support), and referrals to health and other social services. 

Resource | Policy Memos

Request for Additional WIC Flexibility in Response to the Impact of COVID-19 and 2022 Abbott Recall on Nationwide Infant Formula Supply Chain Issues for Infants in Food Packages I and II – Maximum Monthly Allowance

This letter is in response to correspondence from WIC state agencies requesting program flexibility with regard to the maximum monthly allowance requirements in WIC as a result of the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic and the 2022 Abbott recall of certain powder infant formula on the nationwide supply chain leading to both periodic location- and product-based WIC infant formula shortages.

Resource | Policy Memos

Additional WIC Flexibilities - Imported Infant Formula under FDA's Infant Formula Enforcement Discretion

This letter provides WIC state agencies flexibility related to WIC federal requirements. USDA is collaborating across a number of government agencies to ensure that WIC participants are able to obtain safe formula.

Resource | Policy Memos

Implementation of the Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022 - PL 117-129

This memorandum sets forth applicable parameters for implementation of the infant formula cost containment contracts and waiver authority legislative provisions, effective immediately. The provisions set forth in this policy memorandum will also be incorporated into the federal WIC regulations through future rulemaking.

WPM 2022-6
Resource | Policy Memos

Request for Additional WIC Flexibility in Response to the Impact of the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic on Nationwide Infant Formula Supply Chain Issues and 2022 Abbott Recall – Vendor Exchanges

This letter is in response to correspondence from WIC state agencies requesting program flexibility from WIC federal requirements as a result of the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic and the 2022 Abbott recall of certain powder infant formula and exempt infant formula on the nationwide supply chain leading to both periodic location- and product-based WIC infant formula and exempt infant formula shortages.

Resource | Policy Memos

Request for Additional WIC Flexibility in Response to the Impact of COVID-19 on Nationwide Supply Chain Issues and 2022 Abbott Recall - Medical Documentation

This letter is in response to correspondence from WIC state agencies requesting program flexibility with regard to medical documentation requirements in WIC, as a result of the impact of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic and the 2022 Abbott recall of certain powder infant formula on the nationwide supply chain leading to both periodic location- and product-based WIC infant formula shortages.

Resource | Policy Memos

Implementation of PL 117-103 - Extending the Temporary Increase in the Cash-Value Voucher/Benefit for Fruit

Implementation of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act 2022, Extending the Temporary Increase in the Cash-Value Voucher/Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases.

WIC Policy Memo 2022-3
Resource | Policy Memos

Request for Additional WIC Flexibility in Response to the Impact of the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic on Nationwide Infant Formula Supply Chain Issues and 2022 Abbott Recall – WIC Vendor Formula Substitutions During a Transaction

This letter is in response to correspondence from WIC state agencies using offline Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) technology or paper food instruments, and requesting program flexibility from the WIC program federal requirements as a result of the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the 2022 Abbott recall of certain powder infant formula, exempt infant formula, and WIC-eligible nutritionals on the nationwide supply chain leading to both periodic location- and product-based WIC infant formula and exempt infant formula shortages.

Resource | Policy Memos

Request for Additional WIC Flexibility in Response to the Impact of the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic on Nationwide Infant Formula Supply Chain Issues and 2022 Abbott Recall – Medical Documentation for Infants in Food Packages III

This letter is in response to correspondence from WIC state agencies requesting program flexibility from WIC federal requirements as a result of the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the 2022 Abbott recall of certain powder infant formula and exempt infant formula.

Resource | Policy Memos

Extending the Temporary Increase in the Cash-Value Voucher/Benefit

The Further Extending Government Funding Act of 2022 directs USDA to extend through the second quarter of fiscal year 2022 the temporary increase in the WIC Cash-Value Voucher/Benefit for fruit and vegetable purchases. The increased amount applies to all women and children participants and aligns with recommendations by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

WPM 2022-2