Arlington, VA – Today, the National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, praised the U.S. Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee for its work on the Improving Child Nutrition Integrity and Access Act, a bill to reauthorize a number of nutrition programs for five years, including the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC).
“NGA commends the work done by members of the Committee and the leadership provided by Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) to reach a bipartisan bill that shows promise of advancement towards final enactment,” said Peter J. Larkin, NGA president and CEO. “NGA has long advocated for common sense changes to the WIC program and how it is administered. We are pleased to see many of the changes contained in this bill represent progress towards that goal. On behalf of the independent supermarket industry, we look forward to supporting this bill moving through the legislative process and ultimately achieving reauthorization of these important programs in early 2016.”
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 was the previous bill that reauthorized federal child nutrition programs. Reauthorization of these programs expired on September 30, 2015.