Congressman Don Young Introduces Legislation to Support Low-Income Families, Improve Nutritional Outcomes in Young Children
Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced the Infants Need Food And Nutrition Today (INFANT) Act -- legislation to remove an unnecessary rule that limits the number of foods eligible to purchase under the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program. Current WIC policy prohibits certain food combinations from being purchased under the program. The INFANT Act eliminates these unnecessary guidelines and allows mothers and children receiving WIC assistance to purchase healthier and more nutritious foods.
"As a former elementary school teacher, I know first-hand how important good nutrition is to a child's ability to grow and reach their full potential," said Congressman Young. "Countless families depend on the WIC program to keep their infant children nourished and healthy, and this is especially true as our nation continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong, healthy communities are more important than ever, and it is simply unacceptable that current guidelines prevent WIC recipients from purchasing wholesome meats and produce for their children. Bureaucracy should not stand in the way of children having access to the nutrients that help them learn and grow. I am proud to introduce the INFANT Act to help eliminate the unnecessary rules that prevent parents from accessing certain combinations of healthy foods. Alaska is home to countless farmers, fishermen, and producers whose products could benefit the health of Alaska's children, and the mothers in our state who rely on WIC to feed their little ones should be afforded the option of purchasing healthy, locally sourced foods. I encourage my friends on both sides of the aisle to support my legislation for the sake of Alaska's children -- and children across our nation."