ERIC Number: ED308964
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Feeding the Other Half: Mothers and Children Left Out of WIC.
Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.
As of February, 1989, the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) was serving 3.9 million people, about one-half of them eligible for the program. Although Congress has consistently voted for increases in WIC funding, and some states have increased funds, Congress has not yet provided sufficient funding to serve all who are eligible for and in need of WIC benefits. In an effort to learn more about local and state efforts to expand and improve WIC, the Food Research and Action Center surveyed state WIC directors, nutrition coordinators, and WIC advocates in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The survey was conducted in 1988 and followed up in 1989. Questions concerned common barriers to participation and successful ways to overcome them; cost-saving methods; innovative outreach techniques; and statewide WIC organizations. Program management issues were examined. This report incorporates findings of the survey and reviews available information on: (1) the impact of participation in WIC on health and nutrition; (2) program growth; (3) who participates in WIC; (4) who is unserved and why; (5) consequences of not serving those in need; and (6) whether persons not served by WIC are served elsewhere. Policy recommendations emphasizing timely, increased federal funding for WIC are included. Appended are data tables, a petition for an assured WIC funding increase, and a list of 111 national organizations endorsing the petition. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Prudential Foundation, Newark, NJ.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC.