Food Assistance: FNS Could Take Additional Steps to Contain WIC Infant Formula Costs

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, nutrition education, and health care referrals to close to 8 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children each year. About a quarter of these participants are served using rebate savings from contracts with infant formula manufacturers. WIC is administered by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). To better understand infant formula cost containment, this report provides information on: (1) factors that influence program spending on infant formula, ... continued below

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United States. Government Accountability Office. March 28, 2006.

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A letter report issued by the Government Accountability Office with an abstract that begins "The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides food, nutrition education, and health care referrals to close to 8 million low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants, and young children each year. About a quarter of these participants are served using rebate savings from contracts with infant formula manufacturers. WIC is administered by the Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). To better understand infant formula cost containment, this report provides information on: (1) factors that influence program spending on infant formula, (2) how the level of savings resulting from infant formula cost containment has changed and the implications of these changes for the number of participants served; and (3) steps federal and state agencies have taken to contain state spending on infant formula."

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United States. Government Accountability Office. Food Assistance: FNS Could Take Additional Steps to Contain WIC Infant Formula Costs, report, March 28, 2006; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc298057/: accessed August 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.