Promoting Equitable Expansion of the USDA SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
The Pilot allows SNAP participants to shop and pay for groceries online, and rapidly expanded during the COVID-19 pandemic. This brief displays how the Pilot currently does not equitably promote healthy food access and nutrition security and offers recommendations for improvement. Learn more.
Strengthening the Public Health Impacts of SNAP
SNAP helps tens of millions of Americans afford food each month, and participation has grown during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new report identifies evidence-based policy changes that have the greatest potential to improve SNAP participants’ nutrition and overall health. Learn more.
SNAP Waivers and Adaptations During the COVID‑19 Pandemic
Based on a survey of state SNAP agencies, this report summarizes key findings and lessons learned from waivers and flexibilities used to preserve equitable access to SNAP during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides policy considerations for the future of SNAP. Learn more.
Preference and Acceptability of WIC Phone Visits
In NYC, most WIC visits were allowed to be conducted virtually during COVID-19. A small study found that the “no-show” rate was reduced by 45% during this time, phone appointments were highly rated, and nearly three-quarters of participants surveyed preferred virtual visits. Learn more.
Promoting Responsive Bottle-Feeding Within WIC
Bottle-fed infants are typically at greater risk for overfeeding and rapid weight gain. This study found that promoting responsive bottle-feeding practices through policy, systems, and environmental strategies could lower risk for rapid weight gain. Learn more.
WIC Online Ordering: Opportunities and Issues to Consider During the COVID‑19 Pandemic
Online ordering with WIC is a model that has the potential to address challenges to in-store WIC food shopping, which have been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more.
The Association of WIC App Usage and WIC Participants’ Redemption Outcomes
Some WIC state agencies are adopting apps that participants can use to check their benefits, set reminders for their clinical appointments, or complete nutrition education. Case studies in West Virginia and Kansas find that WIC apps show promise for improving WIC benefit redemption. Learn more.
Strengthening the Impact of USDA’s Child Nutrition Summer Feeding Programs
USDA summer feeding programs have become a critical part of the nutrition safety net during the pandemic. This brief reviews innovative strategies used by summer feeding sites during the pandemic, and how these strategies might strengthen the programs going forward. Learn more.