McGovern Applauds USDA’s Proposed Updates to the WIC Food Package

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WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman James P. McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, issued this statement in support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) proposed rule to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC):

“The historic reforms announced today by the USDA prove we are making exciting progress following September’s successful White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. Strengthening the WIC program and reducing disparities within our existing anti-hunger safety net build on the conference’s momentum and directly reflect key objectives within the Administration’s new national strategy. Together, these changes will make a tangible difference in the lives of low-income mothers, infants, and children in communities where quality food is often too expensive or not available.

“My sincere thanks go to Secretary Vilsack and the Administration for ensuring everyone in this country has access to nutritious food. This takes us another step closer in our fight to end hunger and improve the health of every American.”

McGovern has spent decades leading the charge to end hunger in America—working at the local, state, and federal level to fight for change, build awareness, push for legislation to further invest in our anti-hunger safety net, and address policy failures that have created food insecurity.

More information about USDA’s announcement and planned changes to WIC can be found HERE.