iOS app Android app

Wic

These Are The Counties Going Hungry In Every State

24/7 Wall St. | Casey Williams | Posted 05.06.2016 | Business

Food is a basic need that many people take for granted. Yet, 48 million Americans face limited access to adequate amounts of nutritious food. Many who...

USDA Nutrition: Where We've Been and Where We're Going Next

Kevin W. Concannon | Posted 03.07.2016 | Politics
Kevin W. Concannon

Since Secretary Vilsack invited me to join him at USDA as Under Secretary of Food and Nutrition Consumer Services (FNCS), not only have we helped to bring America back from the brink of a second economic depression, we have also worked to institutionalize more opportunities and pathways directed at helping states assist consumers and expand direct access to healthy and affordable food.

Conquering the Double Burden: Protecting Children From Obesity and Hunger

Nancy Brown | Posted 12.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Screening for hunger and connecting families to resources in their communities is an important first step to conquering the double burden. But since children consume more than half their daily calories at school, we have to make sure the food they eat there is healthy as well.

Most Americans Are Getting Help -- and That's a Good Thing

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.05.2015 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When we think of people on government assistance, we often conjure pictures of people living in our poorest neighborhoods. The truth is that most of us will get help at some point in our lives. That help is not charity; it is an investment in a healthy society.

Women and Children's Nutrition: America's Best Investment

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

In this year's appropriations process, we have a simple message: Providing a safety net is not only morally right but fiscally responsible. This is especially true of the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

Let's Give Child Hunger a Summer Vacation

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.03.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Many children eagerly look forward to the end of the school year and the carefree days of summer, playing outside in the warm sun, splashing and swimming in pools and at beaches, and gathering with family and friends for backyard barbeques. But for more than 17 million children the end of school can be the end of certainty about where and when their next meal will come.

Let's Stop Debating If Poor Pregnant Women Should Eat Potatoes And Teach Them Proper Nutrition Instead

Slate | L.V. Anderson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact

A new study, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and executed by the nonprofit research group Institute of Medicine, attempts to answer...

The Cromnibus Will Diminish The Health And Development Of Poor Children

Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant s...

Government Nutrition Program's Problems Driving Some Low-Income Women Away

Reuters | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

By Annika McGinnis WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A government nutrition program for pregnant mothers and small children has not kept...

Feeding People Better: Narrowing the Food Gap

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Daniel J. Schultz

Low-income households have a lot of hardships to overcome. The last thing they need is the additional struggle of higher medical bills, more doctor visits, lower quality of life and less opportunity to obtain a job all due to the food we provide.

Why Ferguson Has Everything To Do With Black Breastfeeding Week

Kimberly Seals Allers | Posted 10.29.2014 | Parents
Kimberly Seals Allers

Breastfeeding is our symbol to the world that I will make my best effort to commit to giving my baby the best first food possible, despite my circumstances. And if for some reason if I am unable to, then it was not for lack of trying.

GOP Budget: The Anti-Robin Hood Spending Plan

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Rejecting dozens of heroic characters, from Captain America to Underdog, Republicans last week chose instead a villain for their figurehead.

Win-Win Policy Changes for WIC & Childhood Obesity Rates

Daniel J. Schultz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Politics
Daniel J. Schultz

Some have pointed out the fine details of the study, which showed that obesity rates for the rest of the population remained steady while the rate of obesity actually increased for women over 60 years old. Nonetheless, a decrease in obesity rates is always a positive sign.

Program That Gives Assistance To Women, Infants And Children Gets Revamped

Reuters | Posted 04.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-calle...

State Becomes First To Cut Welfare Amid Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2013 | Politics

By Marti Maguire RALEIGH, N.C., Oct 15 (Reuters) - North Carolina has become the first state to cut off welfare benefits to poor resid...

Arthur Delaney

5 Ways A Prolonged Government Shutdown Steals Food From Babies

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics

The government shutdown hasn't hobbled most of the safety net for the nation's poor, elderly and sick, but if the congressional impasse drags into Nov...

North Carolina Reopens Program Hobbled By Shutdown

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- North Carolina has reversed its decision to stop issuing baby formula vouchers because of the federal government shutdown, the state Dep...

Why the Shutdown Needs to End

Sharon Parrott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

Day by day, the real-world problems that the shutdown causes will grow, and more and more of the "make do" steps that federal agencies and states have used to limit the damage will run out.

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Leaves Babies In North Carolina Without Formula

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Chelsea Combs heard through Facebook she'd have to find a new way to buy baby formula this month. The North Carolina Department of He...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Causes Whiplash For The Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A Texas food bank howled Monday that the federal government shutdown had forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to withhold 10 truckl...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Shuts Out Poor Women And Children In North Carolina

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.11.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Poor women enrolled in North Carolina's nutrition program for new moms won't be able to get food vouchers after Tuesday thanks to the fe...

Lisa Belkin

How To Keep A Baby Fed During A Government Shut Down

HuffingtonPost.com | Lisa Belkin | Posted 10.07.2013 | Parents

Jessica Lawson is the blogger behind Feministhulk.net, where she opines regularly about feminism to her 74,000 followers. She is also a graduate stude...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Steals Food From Babies, Then Gives It Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Price of Ball, La., panicked earlier this week when she heard the federal government shutdown would soon hobble the program she...

Budgeting by Headlines Isn't the Way to Run the Government

Sharon Parrott | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sharon Parrott

The House leadership's piecemeal approach to temporarily fund politically sensitive programs -- the third installment of which will take place in the ...

Poor Families Taking A Hit From Government Shutdown

swampland.time.com | Posted 10.04.2013 | Impact

A certain shutdown narrative has become all-too-familiar: It is holding us back from gazing at the National Zoo’s pandas throughout the day and peru...