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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a nutrition and health care program for low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children. Through WIC, women and children receive food packages to promote a nutritious diet and improve development. Recent changes provide a wider range of fruits, vegetables and whole grains as well as allowing certain substitutions such as rice, tortillas, tofu and a greater selection of beans. Women also receive nutrition education through WIC so they are better prepared to raise healthy children.

Summer Nutrition Programs

When children are no longer in school during the summer, many lose access to the meals they eat through their school meals programs.  To remedy this, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which are run by local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, or school sponsored programs, distribute either two meals or a meal and a snack a day. NETWORK supports continued funding of these programs, which act to serve children during a time of greatest need.

School Meals Programs

Several programs, including the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP), provide children with healthy meals each day at school. Through these entitlement programs, children become eligible for free or reduced meals based on their households' incomes. Read more

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The largest nutrition assistance program – the “first line defense” against hunger - is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP aims to diminish food insecurity among low-income families, reducing the extent of hunger in the United States. As an entitlement program, any household with a gross income at or below 130% of the poverty level is eligible for SNAP benefits. After applying participants receive monthly benefits with which to purchase food- about $1.50 per meal. A record number of people – 46.2 million Americans – enrolled in SNAP in August 2012.

Press Release: NETWORK Deplores Congressional Sequester Priorities

The Senate and House have voted in record time to change the sequester rules so that those with enough money to travel by air are spared the inconvenience of delayed flights. Meanwhile, children are being denied Head Start services, families are denied access to affordable housing, and financial help for people who are long-term unemployed is shrinking – all because of sequestration. These two recent votes are a shameful example of upside-down priorities. Read more

Mind the Gap!

Engage your communities by facilitating a Mind the Gap! workshop, exploring the realities of wealth disparity in the United States today. Read more

Nuns on the Bus-Texas Style!

 In Austin on April 17 Read more

President Obama’s FY2014 Budget Proposal

Our initial response. As with other proposals, we have some concerns.  Read more

Blog: President Obama Proposes Budget

Apr 10, 2013 | By Marge Clark, BVM

A look at his FY2014 budget proposal.  Read more

Senate Budget Committee Budget Proposal

On March 13, Senator Patty Murray released the budget plan prepared by the Senate Budget Committee. It presents a balanced approach to moving our nation forward to a future that is economically and physically healthy. Read more

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