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Food Aid Reached More Kids as Congress Rolled Out Covid Changes

Oct. 5, 2022, 4:01 AM


The number of kids relying on a federal food assistance program jumped almost 9% in the past two years, an advocacy group found, as families took advantage of pandemic-era flexibilities.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, better known as WIC, is one of the largest federal nutrition programs in America, with more than 6 million participants. The food aid is geared toward low-income pregnant people, babies, and children up to 5 years old who have risks such as food allergies or chronic illness.

Wednesday’s report, released by ...