Published: June 2022

Publisher: Global Food Research Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Authors: Duffy E, Vest D, Davis C, Hall M, De Marco M, Ng SW, Tallie LS

See more related research


During the COVID 19 Pandemic, low-income families were hit hard with food insecurity issues, among other problems that had risen from the pandemic. In June 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act was passed as a temporary law to increase the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for families participating in WIC. The increase went from $9-$11 per person/month to $35 per person/month. This research brief calls attention to the positive effects from increasing the CVB from surveyed WIC families, in an effort to make the increase permanent.

Related Research

November 2023

Supporting the Wake Forest School of Medicine in implementing a WIC referral program within electronic health records to optimize WIC participation

The United States has an ongoing maternal and infant health crisis, characterized by stark disparities. The WIC program could equitably improve health outcomes, but it is underutilized. Identifying strategies for healthcare systems to efficiently connect pregnant patients with WIC is a public health and policy priority. This study will use the electronic health record (EHR) More

November 2023

Assessing participation in and implementation of summer electronic-benefits-transfer and non-congregate-meal programs in rural areas

Summer EBT and non-congregate meals are summer meal options that have known associations with reducing food hardship and barriers to food access. But take-up can vary across states, which creates disparities among marginalized populations. The study aims to analyze the coverage, take-up, and implementation decisions made around Summer EBT and non-congregate meals. The research team More

November 2023

Assessing racial/ethnic coverage rates at the ZIP-code level for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

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 More