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PODCAST | Women, Infants and Children

In collaboration with Crosscurrents from KALW News, Mills College students in the Public Radio Reporting Program unearth the many facets of the Oakland community.

Mothers have been telling their children to eat their fruits and vegetables for decades, but until this year, the federal government, which provides many low income families with food, wasn’t sending the same message.

Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, is a program that started in the 1970’s, and provides food vouchers to disadvantaged women with children. Last month, a landmark policy was finally implemented — to include fresh produce as one of the essential good categories that women can purchase with their vouchers.

Bethan Lamb went to find out why it took so long for the program to catch up.