Kerry Washington is asking people to skip over WIC products during this time as they stock up on groceries during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Low-income mothers who rely on WIC have expressed how hard it is to feed their children because they are unable to find basic food items during the pandemic such as milk and cheese. On social media, Washington writes:
“When stocking up for #SocialDistancing… If you see something labeled “WIC” please choose another brand. People who rely on WIC products to feed their kids cannot. We’re all in this together.”
For some who are unfamiliar with WIC, it is a federal assistance program provided by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of the Food and Nutrition Service of the US Department of Agriculture for healthcare and nutrition of low-income pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children under the age of five.
Former FLOTUS, Michelle Obama retweeted the actress’ message in support and writes:
@KerryWashington is right. The 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.”
Kelli Sullivan, a mother of two from Wisconsin shared her struggles while shopping for groceries. She tells BuzzFeed News:
“Before, I could just pick a store and know there would be no issues getting what we need. Now I have to stop at several stores, often with my kids, hoping to find eggs, bread and cheese.”
Let’s all keep this in mind as we stock up during this time.