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June 24, 2014 > Moratorium partially lifted on new stores for WIC Program

Moratorium partially lifted on new stores for WIC Program

Submitted By CA Department of Public Health

More stores will be able to apply for authorization in the California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program effective June 1, as announced recently by Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) director and state health officer.

To address rising food costs in the California WIC program, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 2012 continued a moratorium on the addition of new vendors into the program so that CDPH and USDA could develop and implement strategies to contain costs and ensure program integrity.

ÒUSDA and CDPH are confident that the strategies now in place are effective in containing food costs and comply with federal regulations and mandates,Ó said Dr. Chapman. ÒThe WIC Program has made great strides in strengthening its oversight and cost containment efforts including new authorization criteria, revisions to the WIC authorized food list, and new peer group and reimbursement system.Ó

California WIC serves approximately 1.4 million infants, children, and pregnant or post- partum women monthly throughout California by providing access to healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to healthcare and community services. WIC spends approximately $86 million each month on food.

At the federal level, WIC is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and CaliforniaÕs WIC Program is administered at the state level by CDPH.
Additional information is available at www.cdph.ca.gov.

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