Try Not To Buy WIC Items At The Grocery Store Right Now If You Don’t Need To

COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has reached America and state governments are starting to take action. A couple of days ago, Donald Trump declared a national emergency and many cities and towns are shutting down non-essential services.

People are being encouraged to practice “social distancing,” or staying home and away from social gatherings like bars and restaurants, concerts and more. Part of social distancing has included stocking up on essential items to limit the amount of time spent out of the house.

As we’re entering a new territory, people are sharing how to help others. Suit Up Maine, an all-volunteer progressive action group, tweeted out a tip for those who are trying to be mindful of others during this stressful time.

Further down the thread, Suit Up Maine elaborated on why it’s important for non-WIC recipients to avoid these labels:

And explained how not every state’s label looks like Maine’s.

The tweet received 25.2k likes and 17.8k retweets at the time of this writing.

A few people never realized WIC-approved foods were labeled on shelves.

And others reshared the tip so their networks could know to keep an eye out for grocery store labels.

WIC was established as an amendment to section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 in September 1972 and was established as a permanent program in 1975. The federal assistance program offers healthcare and nutrition to low-income women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children under the age of five. People are eligible for WIC benefits if they have a family income of 185 percent below the federal poverty level, which is currently at a $24,250 threshold for a family of four.