WIC: Revisions in the WIC Food Packages - Interim Rule
This interim rule, published in the Federal Register on Dec. 6, 2007, revises the WIC food packages. The revisions align the WIC food packages with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The interim rule revisions largely reflect recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies in its report, "WIC Food Packages: Time for a Change," with certain cost containment and administrative modifications found necessary by the Department to ensure cost neutrality. An interim rule allows FNS to obtain feedback on the major changes as recommended by IOM while allowing implementation to move forward. All WIC State agencies were required to implement the revisions by Oct. 1, 2009. New food packages are now being provided to WIC participants in all states. The interim rule comment period ended Feb. 1, 2010. A final rule is currently in clearance.
* March 18, 2008 - The Federal Register published a document which delays from Aug. 5, 2009 until Oct. 1, 2009 the implementation date of the interim rule entitled Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children : Revisions in the WIC Food Package, which was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 6, 2007, 72 FR 68966, and became effective on Feb. 4, 2008.
* Dec. 31, 2009 - This rule increases the amount of cash value vouchers from $8.00 to $10.00 issued to pregnant, postpartum and partially breastfeeding women participants for the purchase of fruits and vegetables as part of the WIC food packages. Comments are due on Feb. 1, 2010.
Additional data and tables - these tables provide additional detail for the regulatory impact analysis for the WIC Food Package Interim Rule.
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