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Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama and Hollywood actress Kerry Washington are asking people to stop buying WIC products if they are not receiving government assistance.
WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), which provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women. The program is also for infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk, according to the official website.
“When stocking up for #SocialDistancing…If you see something labeled “WIC” please chose another brand. People who rely on WIC products to feed their kids cannot. We’re all in this together 🙏🏾,” Washington wrote in a tweet.
Obama also chimed in, “.@KerryWashington is right. The first few days of each month are crucial for families that depend on WIC products. Let’s look out for each other by taking the extra few seconds to look at those labels. Every act of kindness counts. ❤️”
Families have been stockpiling groceries and other essentials since the outbreak of COVID-19 has led to nationwide stay-at-home orders.
Cleaning products, toilet paper and canned and dried goods are among the items shoppers have been buying in bulk. Meat and dairy products have also been scarce from grocery aisles.
On Sunday, President Donald Trump warned the country to brace themselves for the “toughest week” yet since the pandemic.
“This will be probably the toughest week, between this week and the next week. And there will be a lot of death, unfortunately,” Trump said during a news conference at the White House.