Merkley Pushes for Potatoes in WIC Program Over Nutritionists’ Concerns

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to require that the WIC program add potatoes to its vegetable package. The vote overrules scientific studies that show poor women and children already eat more potatoes than they need but not enough fruits and other vegetables.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has joined an effort by senators from potato-producing states to force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to add the white potato to the list of approved vegetables for its Women, Infants and Children food voucher program.

Public Health Division Looks to Improve Breastfeeding Rates

The Lund Report
Numerous grant-funded projects throughout the state are aiming to reduce barriers, increase awareness of breast feeding, and encourage mothers

June 1, 2012— Although 90 percent of Oregon women start out breastfeeding their newly born infants, only 21 percent continue breastfeeding until their infant is six months old. Oregon’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program hopes to get that number higher with the help of additional dollars from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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