Monday, March 21, 2011
2011 WIC Budget cuts..
IF you haven't heard yet.. Republicans are looking into Cutting WIC funding by 10% Ok.. We agree.. WIC is costing a lot of unnecesary taxpayer money when it comes to easily providing formula you can read some of that on this great post by not so average hippie Mommy Formula Vs Breastfeeding: You might think it doesn't but it DOES concern you! She wrote that after reading and article stating that If all WIC babies in the U.S. were breastfed, our economical savings would be $33,000,000 per MONTH!
and here we are... Good old Politicians.. with the answer to all.. Let's cut WIC funding! Yaay! (rolls eyes)
I've been trying to research more on the subject I hear 10% in some places 30% in some .. I find articles suchs as this.. stating that
*WIC could see a 30% budget cut which would mean a reduction in staff and those eligible for it's services. Some 70% to 90% of funding for WIC goes toward employees wages and WIC would also have to re-evaluate who would need help the most with the reduction of resources because of its budget cut. I wonder if the 33 Mil a month would cover it?
Summary: How Budget Proposals Will Affect Food Programs
*Funds WIC at $6.5 billion, a cut of $747.2 million. The Food Research and Action Center estimates that the $6.5 billion funding level would be adequate to serve families currently receiving WIC and would not result in waiting lists for the program. However, this assumes level food prices and demand for services; if either of these increases substantially, this funding level might be insufficient to serve the current caseload. In addition, this funding level precludes the enhancement of the fruit and vegetables benefits for children.
*As it stands, the proposed cuts are deep indeed. The Women, Infants and Children program, which provides food for low-income pregnant women, mothers and young children, would receive a $758 million cut, about 10 percent. It was unclear whether the reductions would force people off of the program.
Read more: http://newsok.com/house-gop-chairman-outlines-sweeping-spending-cuts-affecting-wic-epa/article/3539409#ixzz1HGxZkh4H
This was googling, it didn't narrow down anything and I didn't find the answers I needed.. here are my questions:
HOW EXACTLY WILL THIS AFFECT WIC
I need straight answers, I got an e-mail the other day which is when I found out about it was a women crying about not being able to afford formula.. Wahh no pity from me there..
If it turns away people who need it I have a problem with that...
If it cuts workers from it.. I have a problem with that..
If it makes it so they can't afford the very few lactation consultants it has.. I have a problem with that..
I tell you what you can cut... Formula, how about you don't provide formula the first 3 months? Or.. make it available prescription only.. or switch to generic (not like having brand name formula is safer.. look at Similac and their bug parts)
How about you don't give people 90 jars of baby food at 6 months of age? I've NEVER used them! In the past six months I only cashed in 40 to keep in case of emergency. That is 500 JARS OF FOOD I saved you! Can you imagine someone really using 90 jars of baby food a month? anyway.. 20-30 should be plenty for most.
How about you reduce the amount of milk? I get so much milk in each coupon it's ridiculous!
WIC has been a great deal of help to me.I am so grateful the taxes I pay have helped me back.. (YES I pay Taxes too! I am a work at home mom who pays taxes quarterly! My husband pays taxes as well! ) . but even I don't use all of the coupons, I don't need that much baby food, I don't need that much cereal, I don't need that much milk.. I don't need that much juice.. . Veggies is another story more of those would be nice.. but if the budget cuts take those away it will be a sad sad day..
SO If WIC gets its funding cut.. please before you go laying people off.. turning people away, cutting produce vouchers.. Please.. Re evaluate how the money is being spent! Re-Budgeting vouchers would help keep those jobs and avoid turning people away. How sad would it be if WIC would come down to a waiting list!
One thing you can do if on WIC.. Breastfeed! Save coupons!
ONE MORE QUESTION: WHERE IS THE MONEY BEING CUT GOING TO??? I cannot seem to find any mention to that... I'm a taxpayer.. I want to know!
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