Congress Must Act Now to Make Sure Vulnerable Women and Babies Have the Nutrition and Resources They Need

Congress has been pushing off their responsibility to make an actual budget for five months now. This uncertainty affects all government programs, but it’s going to have harsh consequences for the millions of food insecure women, babies, and young children that participate in the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). 

Congress has now passed its fourth budget extension in five months. And worse, the budget that includes WIC is only extended for one week. Even if they finally vote on a budget for WIC in the next week, they need to ensure that it’s fully funded. In Arkansas, WIC serves nearly 61,000 low-income, food insecure women, babies, and children under four years old.  

Advocates here and across the country have been worried for months about a potential budget shortfall in WIC. Check out this video to see how Arkansans will be affected if they fail to address the $1 billion deficit for the WIC program. And click here to contact your senators and representatives to tell them to fully fund WIC.