Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, USDA must take immediate action to guarantee continued state flexibility by extending all approved WIC waivers. Since mid-March 2020, these waivers allowed WIC to:
- Adapt remote appointments, curbside clinic services, and other innovative models to reduce in-person contact and assure the safety of WIC participants, clinic staff, and their families.
- Expanded the allowable food options allowed for WIC families.
- Assure continued COVID protection for WIC mothers, babies, and young children, their families, and WIC staff.
Now these waivers are set to expire September 30, 2020. With COVID-19 still very much a threat to public health, we are asking @SecretarySonny @USDA to EXTEND the waivers further so we can protect our WIC Families.
How to join #WICWaiversWork campaign
Step 1: Pick a message to share and write down on a note-card or a piece of paper. Here are some examples to choose from:
- Do right by moms and babies. Extend remote WIC services. #WICWaiversWork
- Keep WIC safe for moms, babies, and staff. #WICWaiversWork
- Protect families from COVID-19. Extend WIC Waivers. #WICWaiversWork
Step 2: Hold up your note and take a photo of yourself wearing a mask.
Step 3: Share your message and post your image to social media! Here are some messaging examples:
- There is no reason states should be deprived of the flexibility they need to safely operate. There is no reason WIC families should be forced to show up in-person to receive nutrition assistance during a global pandemic. Tell @USDA to extend remote WIC services! #WICWaiversWork bit.ly/WICWaiversWork
- #WICWaiversWork because they keep pregnant moms, families, and children safe. bit.ly/WICWaiversWork @NatWICAssoc @USDA @SecretarySonny
- USDA is running out of time. On September 30, critical flexibilities for WIC providers will expire. Join me and call on @SecretarySonny and @USDA to extend remote services and keep WIC families safe for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. bit.ly/WICWaiversWork