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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Expanding WIC to age 6 proposed

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides healthy food for at-risk pregnant women and children up to age 5.  This program has been proven to save us money in the long run - every $1 spent on WIC saves $3 in health care costs sometime down the road.

The reasoning behind ending the program when a child turns five, they start school and will be able to get breakfast and lunch at school.  But we all know that kids don't start school on their fifth birthday, even though that's when their WIC benefits end.  For some children, it could be eight months between their fifth birthday and their first day of school.

Read more about the proposal to extend WIC benefits to the sixth birthday here.