The USDA Women, Infants and Children nutrition program, aimed at helping low-income families eat healthier food, may replace much of its dairy purchases with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
A USDA proposal would reduce total dairy sales through WIC by around $400 million, from $1326 million to $930 million. WIC purchases currently make up about 6% of
Although the increase in fruit, vegetable, and whole grain products may benefit some farmers, some producers of products that would be decreased under the new plan - dairy, eggs, and juice - are concerned. Trade groups representing those products have filed comments with USDA, saying their products provide important nutrients for women and children under the program.
WIC nutritionists and anti-hunger groups have supported the proposed changes. USDA expects to decide on the proposed changes by September 2007.