Oregon Food Bank action alert on WIC cuts.

July 26, 2011 at 6:23 am Leave a comment

The U.S. House of Representatives recented passed HR 2112, the Agriculture
Appropriations bill, which funds Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for
Women, Infants and  Children (WIC) at $6.048 billion for Federal Fiscal Year
2012—well below  the $6.83 billion the National WIC Association believes is
necessary to keep up with  predicted participation levels and increasing food
costs. Please take action today to support this vital program.
It was a great disappointment to see the House pass HR 2112, by a vote of
217 – 203. Oregon Representative Walden voted in favor of  the bill.
Representatives Wu, Blumenauer, DeFazio, and Schrader voted against. At the
funding level included in the bill, up to 500,000 mothers and young children
could be turned away from  WIC—missing out on the vital nutrition and services
the program  provides.
Please contact your federal Representative today with these messages:
  • If your Member voted against HR 2112 (Reps. Wu, Blumenauer, DeFazio, and
    Schrader), thank him for his vote and ask that he continue to act and speak out
    in favor of higher funding levels for  WIC so no eligible participants are
    turned away.
  • If your Member voted for HR 2112 (Rep. Walden), express your disappointment
    in his vote.
  • Share why WIC is important to you.
Email your Representative

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