Letter to USDA Undersecretary Bost Urging Changes to WIC Program

June 20, 2005

The Honorable Eric Bost
Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Whitten Federal Building
Washington, D.C. 20250


Dear Undersecretary Bost:


The Soyfoods Association of North America (SANA) expresses our appreciation for your continued support and dedicated efforts to improve the nutritional status of Americans. We urge the agency to rapidly adopt the IOM recommendations on changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food packages – particularly those pertaining to adding soyfoods in the WIC package options.


SANA applauds the tremendous insight and hard work of the Institute of Medicine’s expert group who considered the cultural food preferences and forms of food suitable for low-income persons, the nutrient needs of the women, infants, and children, and the recommendations in the newly released Dietary Guidelines 2005. In adding calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D-fortified soy beverages (soymilk) and calcium-set tofu as alternatives to milk in the revised WIC food package for women, the Committee addressed the low calcium intakes of women, despite the large quantities of milk in the current food packages. Both women and children will also be able to select dried and canned whole soybeans as a meat alternative in the WIC food packages.


Our members look for your support to hasten finalization of the important changes needed in the WIC food packages to reflect modern agricultural development, food preferences, food availability, and nutrient needs.


Best regards,


Nancy Chapman, RD, MPH
Executive Director
Soyfoods Association of North America