On March 14th, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams pushed for the US Department of Agriculture to permanently increase and review WIC packages. At a press conference at 875 3rd Avenue, they shared that the time is now for a permanent emergency increase to the WIC program packages.
The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged businesses and skyrocketed the unemployment rate, like a catastrophic domino effect, those who were already living hand to mouth are now in desperate need of aid. Some have lost their homes, while many still struggle just to put food on the table. There are endless lines of individuals waiting hours upon hours to gain entry into a Food Bank and benefits programs are now more than ever lifesaving resources for families. The WIC program alone has served approximately 6.25 million women during fiscal 2020.