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Hawaii Disaster Assistance - Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) - USDA FNS DOH

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), is a federally funded program which provides Hawaii residents with nourishing supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and health and social service referrals. The participants of WIC are either pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and infants and children under age five who meet income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional risk.

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  • On Aug. 18, 2023, FNS approved the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) request for flexibility with the maximum monthly allowance (MMA) requirements in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC). The waiver approval allows infant formula substitutions for contract brand infant formula as stated in the approval letter. This waiver is in effect through Oct. 31, 2023, or 60 days after the end of the Emergency Declaration, whichever is sooner.
  • On Aug. 18, 2023, FNS approved the Hawaii DOH request for flexibility with the requirement for on-site visits prior to a vendor’s initial authorization in WIC. The waiver approval allows the state agency to authorize the stores necessary to ensure continued participant access to supplemental foods. This waiver is in effect through Oct. 31, 2023, or 60 days after the end of the Emergency Declaration, whichever is sooner.
  • On Aug. 14, 2023, FNS approved the Hawaii DOH request for flexibility with the MMA requirements in WIC. The waiver approval allows substitutions as stated in the approval letter of portion sizes of eggs, tofu, whole wheat/whole grain bread, juice and breakfast cereal. This waiver is in effect through Oct. 31, 2023, or 60 days after the end of the Emergency Declaration, whichever is sooner.
  • On August 14, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) approved the State of Hawai‘i’s request to waive the standard, 10-day timely reporting requirement for food loss under SNAP for households in seven zip codes in Maui and Hawai‘i Counties that were affected by power outages beginning on August 8, 2023: 96743, 96753, 96755, 96761, 96768, 96788, and 96790.   This waiver allows affected households in these zip codes to request replacement of their SNAP benefits through September 15, 2023. Replacement SNAP benefits will allow affected households to replace food purchased with SNAP benefits that was lost because of power outages.
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