Food Assistance & Nutrition Research Program No. (FANRR-34-1) 2 pp

July 2003

Food Assistance Research Brief-Assessment of WIC Cost-Containment Practices

To ensure the best use of available funds and to provide benefits to all eligible individuals, State agencies responsible for carrying out the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have implemented one or more cost-containment practices. At the request of Congress, the Economic Research Service initiated a study to assess the impact of these practices. Three major findings emerged from the research: Food cost savings were often substantial; there were few adverse outcomes for WIC participants; and administrative costs of cost-containment practices were low.

Keywords: WIC, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, food assistance programs, nutrition, food security, child nutrition, health outcomes, food store access, poor families

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