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The letter continued, “The proposed rule includes a number of changes to the WIC food packages that will strengthen the program and support access to nutritious dairy products. We are encouraged that USDA has provided container size flexibility for WIC products, which will improve families’ food choices and increase access to certain foods, including dairy items,” the letter concluded.
“However, these improvements to the WIC program are undermined by the overall reduction in the amount of milk available to WIC families. We strongly urge you to not reduce the amount of milk available to WIC families and to instead maintain the current WIC dairy allotments in the final rule,” the letter concluded.
To qualify for the WIC program, the family’s income must be below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $18,310 per year for a family of two. In their monthly allowance of food assistance, families typically get milk, breakfast cereal, cheese, eggs, fruits and vegetables, whole wheat bread, rice, peanut butter, tortillas, and canned fish.
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