WIC is in trouble. For the first time in 15 years, the program faces the prospect that there could be insufficient funding to support current and future participation. WIC Nutrition Services are also at risk of being slashed, threatening to derail efforts to modernize operations and destroy recent public health strides WIC has achieved.
WIC is vulnerable to cuts in both the Super Committee process, when everything will be “on the table.” Moreover, if the Super Committee fails to make a deal, and automatic, across-the-board cuts are implemented, WIC is not exempt! We must ensure that WIC is protected from these devastating cuts.
While scary, this scenario is not in any way inevitable. With your help, CWA will work strategically and aggressively to ensure that there is sufficient funding in the coming years to support both food and nutrition services. More than ever, it is essential to tell Congress why WE NEED WIC.
It is important to remember that the WIC community has successfully fought back draconian proposals to cut our funding before, and we can do it again. Over the next 4 months, we invite everyone who cares about WIC to join an aggressive campaign to protect our most vulnerable families. Read up on the WIC funding situation, and top priorities, key messages, and timeline for the WE NEED WIC Campaign. Then follow Five Easy Steps to get involved and engage WIC families.
Your active participation is critical to our success!
(No public funds were used in the production of We Need WIC Campaign materials.)