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On March 8, the Senate voted to increase funding for WIC by over $1 billion, sending the bill President Biden’s desk to be signed into law the next day. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is a big win not only for the millions of parents and children who rely on WIC, but for parents and children with food allergies as well.

What Is WIC?

According to the USDA, the goal of WIC is to support the nutrition of low-income birth parents, infants, and children up to age 5.

WIC serves:

  • Pregnant people
  • Breastfeeding/chestfeeding people
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum people
  • Infants
  • Toddlers and children up to age 5

WIC is important for people with food allergies. The cost of special food and formula can add up for families managing food allergies. In the My Life With Food Allergy Parent Survey Report by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), we found that 44% of people said food allergies had a major impact on their finances. WIC can help reduce some of the food costs that come with managing food allergies.

Kids with Food Allergies (KFA) and our parent organization, AAFA, thank the Senate for fully funding WIC and making the health of the families who need it a priority.

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