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CBPP Testimony: School Meal and WIC Programs are Investments in Children's Health and Development

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CBPP Testimony: School Meal and WIC Programs are Investments in Children's Health and Development

May 19, 2015
By
Jessica Pino

In testimony before a Congressional subcommittee this morning, Zoe Neuberger, from the Center on Budget on Policy Priorities, discussed the important role of the school meals programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) in shielding children from hunger and as investments in childhood health and development. 

The school meal programs help children who live in households experiencing food insecurity make their time in school more successful. 

WIC provides nutritious foods, counseling on healthy eating, breastfeeding support, and health care referrals to more than 8 million low-income women, infants, and children. 

Neuberger urged the committee to keep these programs strong by adopting methods of ensuring program integrity that have a demonstrated impact on reducing error while maintaining program access for the most vulnerable children.