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USDA seeks public comment on new WIC Modernization and Delivery Resource Center

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    USDA seeks public comment on new WIC Modernization and Delivery Resource Center

    On November 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the development of a new Modernization and Delivery Resource Center within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC Resource Center will utilize $390 million dollars appropriated under the American Rescue Plan Act to bolster outreach, innovation and program modernization efforts with the goal to increase program participation. WIC operates through 1,900 local agencies at 10,000 clinic sites, many of which are county health departments, to provide nutrition services to low-income pregnant and post-partum women, children, and infants.

    According to FNS, the primary goal of the Resource Center is to increase WIC's participation rate through an improved enrollment and participant experience, and to reduce disparities in program delivery. The RFI seeks input from stakeholders, including local agencies, on questions related to strategies, priorities and best practices. County officials interested in responding to the RFI may do so until December 8, 2021, via the Federal Rulemaking Portal.

    NACo applauds efforts to increase the options available to state and local administrative bodies in streamlining applications and administrative processes within WIC, which is an important support for vulnerable county residents.

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    On November 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the development of a new Modernization and Delivery Resource Center within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
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    2021-11-15
USDA seek public input on the creation of a new Resource Center aimed at improving WIC administration and participation USDA's Resource Center would collaborate with local WIC agencies to reduce disparities in program delivery and increase enrollment among eligible households Counties play a critical role in operating WIC and may benefit from new Resource Center

On November 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking stakeholder input on the development of a new Modernization and Delivery Resource Center within the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The WIC Resource Center will utilize $390 million dollars appropriated under the American Rescue Plan Act to bolster outreach, innovation and program modernization efforts with the goal to increase program participation. WIC operates through 1,900 local agencies at 10,000 clinic sites, many of which are county health departments, to provide nutrition services to low-income pregnant and post-partum women, children, and infants.

According to FNS, the primary goal of the Resource Center is to increase WIC's participation rate through an improved enrollment and participant experience, and to reduce disparities in program delivery. The RFI seeks input from stakeholders, including local agencies, on questions related to strategies, priorities and best practices. County officials interested in responding to the RFI may do so until December 8, 2021, via the Federal Rulemaking Portal.

NACo applauds efforts to increase the options available to state and local administrative bodies in streamlining applications and administrative processes within WIC, which is an important support for vulnerable county residents.

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