WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2017 – USDA is easing some restrictions on what products families participating in the WIC program in Texas can buy as the full range of eggs, bread and fluid milk products are in short supply in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Usually, participants in USDA’s Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children can use their food benefits to purchase only specific WIC food items. The announced flexibilities will allow participants to purchase a variety of types of eggs and bread products in various package sizes readily available at the retailer. In addition, participants will be allowed to substitute milk of any available fat content and type. Flavored milk will not be considered. “USDA is committed to ensuring that people touched by this disaster get the vital nutrition they need – in particular the women and children participating in the WIC program,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said. “Helping victims of Hurricane Harvey is a top priority for President Trump, and we will continue working to expedite access to programs which provide food for the vulnerable,” Perdue said, adding, “We’re with you, Texas.”
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