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State Legislation Would Help Feed Women, Children

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – New York State Assembly member Amy Paulin of District 88 announced that legislation she sponsored is taking measures to make it easier for businesses to provide nutritious food to women and children through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program.

Paulin’s legislation will expedite temporary permits for businesses to participate in the program, which supplies supplemental nutrition to women, infants and children through federal funds administered locally. The bill, which passed the Assembly, will help families purchase important items such as milk, juice, formula and eggs.

“The bill seeks to simplify an overly cumbersome and bureaucratic process to allow local supermarkets and grocery stores to help those in need – poor women, infants and children – to get necessary groceries,” Paulin said in a news Thursday news release. “This bill benefits everyone – the vulnerable families as well as the businesses that seek to help them.”

The bill allows retailers who have already been approved to participate in the WIC program at another location to be issued a temporary permit within two weeks of submitting a completed application.

“Even if a retailer is already a New York WIC vendor, when they open a new store they must reapply and usually have to wait [more than] 90 days to become a WIC vendor,” said Mitch Klein, vice president of government relations for Krasdale Foods.

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