ESTIMATING ELIGIBILITY AND PARTICIPATION IN WIC: FOOD ASSISTANCE RESEARCH BRIEF

Each year, the United States Department of Agriculture estimates the number of people eligible to participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the number who will likely participate, and the expected cost of food. These estimates are used in developing budget requests for WIC, which is funded by appropriations law on an annual basis. If the number of people eligible and likely to participate in WIC is underestimated, the result is a shortage of funds available to fully serve them. If the number of WIC eligibles and participants is overestimated, an inefficient allocation of funds across programs occurs. Estimation of eligibility and participation is a complex process, due to data limitations, varying State program eligibility criteria, and alternate definitions of key variables.


Issue Date:
2003
Publication Type:
Report
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/33881
Total Pages:
2
Series Statement:
Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report Number 34-3




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