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Gov’t Aid Program Introduces Veggie Options

Written by PETA | September 30, 2009
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When President Obama came into office, we presented him with some detailed suggestions on changes we’d like to see during his presidency. One of our proposals was to make some much-needed improvements to the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program—a government program that offers meals to low-income mothers and their children in order to make sure that they get nutritional food even in times of financial hardship.

For a program that’s dedicated to promoting healthy eating, however, WIC was sending a decidedly mixed message: At the time of President Obama’s inauguration, the program was primarily offering milk, eggs, cheese, and formula to mothers in need.

What ever happened to “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?”

Our suggestion was to make fundamental changes to WIC in order to create access to healthy foods. Well, nine months into the Obama presidency, we’re pleased to announce that the USDA (which operates the program) has decided to improve WIC’s offerings. WIC’s menu has expanded to include fruits, vegetables, brown rice, soy milk, tortillas, and bread with 51 percent whole grains.

So, what’s next on our presidential agenda? Vegetarian options in schools!

Written by Liz Graffeo

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  • Montrice says:

    While I was pregnant and on the wic program I was MISERABLE! The only thing I could use was the juice and after I had my little boy I was able to enjoy lentils…but those get boring after a while. I’m glad that there are FINALLY more options out therer now

  • Myrna says:

    HAHHAHAHAHA….. I’m so happy for this news!!!! SO that means that people can eat healthy and animals can be spared! I wish that this effort was made around the world so that people can be more compassionate towards ALL types of animals! We’ve gotten better compared to the past but there is still work to be done! GO PETA!!!!

  • melissa says:

    that is GREAT news in a wonderful direction!! hopefully more will follow!

  • NT says:

    Thanks Obama!!!

  • simara delilah rose says:

    thats SO cool!vegan options next please

  • Brien Comerford says:

    A positive stride in the right direction. Soy and brown rice are much more palatable to eat than animal carcasses.

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