Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
||Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
||Department of Agriculture
- An additional amount of $500 million was authorized for the WIC program, $400 million of which “shall be placed in reserve to be allocated as the Secretary deems necessary.” The purpose appears to be to support any increased usage that exceeds budget estimates.
- The WIC dollars come through the Department of Agriculture to the Maine CDC.
- The remaining $100 million was specifically “to establish, improve, or administer management information systems for the (WIC) program.” An RFP is currently being drafted for this work.
- WIC currently has 26,000 – 27,000 participants, which is up from 22,500 just two years ago.
- Participants are a single person (child under age 5 or pregnant woman or mother of child under 5).
- Maine WIC had a deficit of $300,000 last year because of increased enrollment.
- We are anticipating a deficit for this federal fiscal year of ~$450,000 because of continued high enrollment and the switch to the more expensive formula that does not have the chemical BPA (Bisphenol A).
- Maine has been assured by USDA that the deficit should be covered by Stimulus Package dollars.
- Maine has requested and expects to receive $927 to complete the WIC technology project already being funded by the federal government through non-recovery funds.