Letter to editor

Letter to editor: Do what’s right for Alaska’s families — Support WIC funding

Alaska stands at a critical juncture as Congress debates the future funding of the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. This isn’t just a matter of policy; it’s about the health and well-being of our community. Nearly 4,000 women, infants, and children in Alaska could lose out on essential nutrition and support if WIC isn’t fully funded.

In Alaska, where 13% of children live in homes struggling with food insecurity, skimping on WIC funding just doesn’t add up. This program is a lifeline, offering more than just food — it’s about health, support, and connecting families to vital services. It’s a pillar of strength for new moms, young kids, and families in need.

But WIC’s impact goes beyond individual families. It’s a key player in Alaska’s food system, supporting local grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and producers. When WIC thrives, so does our local economy.

Now is the time for Alaskans to come together and make our voices heard. The decision on WIC funding is looming, with a deadline of January 19th. Reaching out to Senator Murkowski, Senator Sullivan, and Representative Peltola can make a real difference. We need to urge them to recognize the importance of fully funding WIC – for the health of our children and the strength of our communities.

Together, we can make a difference. Let’s speak up for all of Alaska’s families.

Robbi Mixon

Executive Director,

Alaska Food Policy Council

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