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Brief: Peer Reviewed Publication: USDA Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Vendor Criteria

Matthew Landry, Kim Phan, Jared McGuirt, Alek Ostrander, Lilian Ademu, Mia Seibold, Kathleen McCallops, Tara Tracy, Sheila Fleischhacker, McKenna Halverson, Allison Karpyn

December 2021

WIC, or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, helps to meet the nutrition needs of pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, and their children under the age of five, who live on low incomes by providing monthly

benefits that are used to purchase healthy foods. In 2019, a subgroup of the HER NOPREN WIC Learning Collaborative and liaisons from the National WIC Association

convened under the leadership of UD CRESP to develop a protocol for describing and comparing vendor criteria and policies across WIC administrative agencies. This brief provides the results of an analysis of WIC vendor selection and authorization criteria, and operations and management policies established by the 89 administrative agencies

in the United States. Full details and findings are reported elsewhere (Landry et al., 2021).

WIC Brief