By
Cindy Huddleston
|
May 19, 2020

Declining Participation in Florida’s WIC Program: Strategic Planning Needed to Reverse the Downward Spiral

Declining Participation in Florida’s WIC Program: Strategic Planning Needed to Reverse the Downward Spiral

Executive Summary

Only 51 percent of eligible Floridians participate in WIC.

Factors including confusion over eligibility, processes that differ by county, and barriers to obtaining WIC-approved items at the grocery store have contributed to the downward trend in participation. 

Florida Policy Institute recommends that state officials — in collaboration with advocates and families — take the following steps to streamline WIC: 

  • help combat misperceptions;
  • create easier ways for people to get and stay enrolled; and
  • make shopping effortless.

County-Level WIC Data

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