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.