WIC and Nice Things
Yesterday, I was reading an article written by a fellow blogger. In her post, she asked her readers how much was too much to spend on clothing. She said she had just purchased 3 shirts from Banana Republic for $130 for a blogging event in New York. Personally, I have a very difficult time buying a shirt for $20 or more and I rarely set foot in stores such as Abercrombie & Fitch or Banana Republic because they have the reputation for high priced clothes.
While reading the comments to her post, I was astonished by the drama and lack of respect by some of her readers. A week ago, this blogger had written a post on some of the changes being made to a program called WIC. One of her readers assumed this meant that she was on WIC, when in fact she wasn’t. Then the drama started!
While reading through the comments, I found one that caught my attention and it read, “Just because someone is on WIC doesn’t mean they are broke and shouldn’t buy nice things.” I thought to myself, I wonder if people even know what WIC is. Plus, just because somebody doesn’t have a lot of money doesn’t mean they can’t have nice things. This was a topic I was interested in.
So, I did a little research on WIC and learned a little bit more about the program. WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for “Women, Infants, and Children.” WIC provides coupons for nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, formula, etc to moms and children who qualify for it. The program also provides Nutrition and Health Education, Breastfeeding Education and Support, and Referrals to Health and Human Services. It is designed to help the following individuals: Pregnant Women (through pregnancy and up to 6 months post partum), Breastfeeding Women (up to the infant’s 1st birthday), Non-breastfeeding Postpartum Women (up to 6 months post partum), Infants (up to 1st birthday), and Children (up to their 5th birthday).
WIC is an important program for those who need it and is considered a blessing in the lives of many who use it. Sometimes individuals receive assistance from WIC because they can’t afford to purchase high-priced, healthy items like milk, cheese, and formula on a regular basis. In order to receive WIC, applicants must financially qualify and make a certain amount of money per year or less. If the individual makes over that, she doesn’t qualify…period. It doesn’t mean she is broke, it just means she needs assistance in keeping herself and her children healthy with nutritious foods and education, temporarily.
I also wanted to talk a little more about the comment made about being broke and not having nice things. Just because you don’t have a lot of money to spend, it doesn’t mean you can’t have nice things. I know plenty of people who buy items made by Gap, Old Navy, Abercrombie & Fitch, Banana Republic, and more that are normally high price items. They don’t usually purchase these items directly from the store. They may find them at an Outlet Store, a thrift store, a garage sale, or even eBay. Sometimes they receive these items as birthday gifts or Christmas gifts. You can have nice things without having to spend a ton of money.
BTW: I am writing this article on WIC, but do not receive WIC benefits.