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Review of WIC
Food Packages

An Evaluation of White Potatoes
in the Cash Value Voucher

LETTER REPORT

Committee to Review WIC Food Packages

Food and Nutrition Board

Kathleen M. Rasmussen, Marie E. Latulippe, and Ann L. Yaktine, Editors

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COMMITTEE TO REVIEW WIC FOOD PACKAGES

KATHLEEN M. RASMUSSEN (Chair), Professor of Nutrition, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

GAIL G. HARRISON (Vice Chair), Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences, Center for Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

SUSAN S. BAKER, Professor and Co-Chief, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, Department of Pediatrics, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

MARIANNE P. BITLER, Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine

PATSY M. BRANNON, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University

ALICIA L. CARRIQUIRY, Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University

DAVID E. DAVIS, Professor, Department of Economics, South Dakota State University

MARY KAY FOX, Senior Fellow, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

TAMERA J. HATFIELD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, University of California, Irvine

HELEN H. JENSEN, Professor of Economics and Head, Food and Nutrition Policy Division of CARD, Iowa State University

RACHEL K. JOHNSON, Robert L. Bickford, Jr., Green and Gold Professor of Nutrition, Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont

ANGELA ODOMS-YOUNG, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago

A. CATHARINE ROSS, Professor of Nutrition, Dorothy Foehr Huck Chair, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University

CHARLENE RUSSELL-TUCKER, Chief Operating Officer, Connecticut Department of Education

SHANNON E. WHALEY, Director of Research and Evaluation, Public Health Foundation Enterprises WIC Program

Consultants

MEI CHUNG, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine, Tufts University

SUZANNE P. MURPHY, Researcher (Professor) Emeritus, University of Hawaii Cancer Center

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IOM Staff

MARIE E. LATULIPPE, Study Director

BERNICE CHU, Research Associate

AMBAR SAEED, Senior Program Assistant

ANN L. YAKTINE, Director, Food and Nutrition Board

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Reviewers

This report has been reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the National Research Council’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the institution in making its published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their review of this report:

CHERYL A. M. ANDERSON, University of California, San Diego

RONNETTE BRIEFEL, Mathematica Policy Research

JOHANNA T. DWYER, Tufts Medical Center

KAREN GLANZ, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PHILIP GLEASON, Mathematica Policy Research

LUCIA L. KAISER, University of California, Davis

RONALD E. KLEINMAN, Massachusetts General Hospital

DENISE M. NEY, University of Wisconsin–Madison

THERESA A. NICKLAS, Baylor College of Medicine

PATRICIA O. RACE, New York State Department of Health

JOANNE L. SLAVIN, University of Minnesota

PARKE E. WILDE, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

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Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by John W. Erdman, Jr., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Elena O. Nightingale, Retired Scholar, Institute of Medicine. Appointed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.

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Review of WIC Food Packages: An Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher assesses the impact of 2009 regulation to allow the purchase of vegetables and fruits, excluding white potatoes, with a cash value voucher on food and nutrient intakes of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) population and to consider whether white potatoes should be permitted for purchase with the voucher. This report considers the effects on diet quality, the health and cultural needs of the WIC population, and allows for effective and efficient administration nationwide in a cost-effective manner. Review of WIC Food Packages: An Evaluation of White Potatoes in the Cash Value Voucher recommends that the U.S. Department of Agriculture should allow white potatoes as a WIC-eligible vegetable, in forms currently permitted for other vegetables, in the cash value voucher pending changes to starchy vegetable intake recommendations in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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