Changes to WIC's Food Plan

By: Ali Gorman, R.N.
By: Ali Gorman, R.N.

The federally-funded program helps about eight million people put food on the table. It's specifically for low-income women with children. And although it's been around since the 1970s, there have been very few changes.

A study done by the Institute of Medicine suggests changing the food plan in light of new government dietary guidelines. The recommended changes would include reducing the monthly allowance for eggs, milk and cheese and using vouchers to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, items not routinely offered to WIC members.

Other changes would include approving yogurt and soy milk and also encouraging whole grain foods.

These are just recommendations at this point, but due a bill President Bush has signed, the Agriculture Department has about 18 months to make changes to WIC.


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