Review of WIC Food Packages: Improving Balance and Choice: Final Report


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Among the nutrition assistance programs available to low-income families, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is the only one that specifically targets the nutritional needs of pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women; infants; and children less than 5 years of age. With support from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an expert committee to review and assess the nutritional status and food and nutritional needs of the WIC-eligible population and provide specific recommendations based on its review and grounded in the most recently available science. The committee produced three reports, including Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher: Letter Report, recommending that white potatoes be allowed for purchase with the cash value vouch­er (CVV), and Review of WIC Food Packages: Proposed Framework for Revisions: Interim Re­port, presenting the evidence, analyses, and framework to be applied to develop the com­mittee’s recommendations, and this third report, in which the committee provides its final analyses, recommendations, and the supporting rationale.