WIC can improve maternal and childhood health and nutrition, yet only 50% of people who qualify for WIC receive benefits, with racial disparities across states. Beyond state and national estimates, less is known about zip code-level racial/ethnic coverage rates or the factors influencing program reach. This study will be the first large-scale assessment of overall and racial/ethnic coverage rates in WIC by zip code. This study has two aims: (1) to quantify 2022 racial/ethnic WIC coverage rates by zip code in 14 states across the United States, and assess environmental influences on zip code level racial/ethnic coverage rates; and (2) to understand organizational influences on racial/ethnic coverage rates via 24 Key Informant Interviews with WIC leaders. This mixed methods study builds on previous research, relationships with USDA FNS experts, and robust preexisting partnerships with WIC agencies in the USDA/Tufts THIS-WIC study.
Start Date: November 2023
ID #: 81358
Principal Investigator: Danielle Krobath, PhD
Co-Principal Investigator: Mei Chung, PhD, MPH, BS
Organization: Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University
Funding Round: HER Round 13
State Agency Perspectives on Successes and Challenges of Administering the Child and Adult Care Food ProgramThe federal Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) improves nutrition and reduces food insecurity for young children while helping cover food costs for care providers and families. Despite its important benefits, the program is underutilized. This report uses qualitative interviews with state CACFP administrators representing 28 states to explore federal and state policies and practices that support or discourage CACFP participation among licensed child More