S.2358: Wise Investment in Children Act of 2019

Overview

The Wise Investment in Children (WIC) Act is bipartisan legislation that would increase the age of eligibility for children to receive benefits for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). There currently exists a gap in benefits from when a child turns five, to when they enter school. Many children do not start school until well after their fifth birthday.

Talking Points

  • Gaps in nutrition benefits for children increases the likelihood of food insecurity, which already disproportionally affects children.
  • Arbitrary age thresholds for WIC should not allow lapses in access to nutrition benefits.
  • All children deserve healthy, nutritional food that help them thrive.

Our Stance

Support

Priority

High

Bill Number

S.2358

Date Introduced

July 31, 2019

Committee

Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled

Co Sponsors