Writing for PJ Media, author and journalist Athena Thorne shined a light on the USDA's Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). According to the agency, WIC serves "53 percent of all infants born in the United States."
The WIC "provides federal grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant [women], breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding postpartum women and to infants and children up to age 5 who are found to be at nutritional risk," said the USDA website. Households whose income is up to 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline are eligible to receive WIC assistance, Thorne added.
The USDA gave examples of locations where parents can avail of WIC benefits – including county health departments, hospitals, community centers, schools and public housing sites.
However, the program left a bad taste in Thorne's mouth, leading her to remark: "That one in two American babies is deemed eligible for public assistance is an incredibly distressing third-world level of economic failure. What in the world is going on?"
"[While] it is admirable and wise to make sure mothers and babies receive adequate nutrition when they are in financial need, it would also be admirable and wise to look at ways to prevent that situation from happening quite so often."
Citing figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the journalist mentioned that 40 percent of babies in the U.S. are now born out of wedlock. She added that around 39 percent of marriages end up in divorce. "This makes for a lot of single-parent households – one of the strongest predictors there is for financial struggles," said Thorne.
"We all celebrate the courage of the evermore moms who choose life for their unplanned children. Maybe we can also do more to celebrate the traditional virtues, such as encouraging young people to have greater self-respect and restraint."
The USDA website mentioned that WIC benefits – which include baby formula – can also be availed at migrant health centers and camps. Thorne wrote: "Amid the shortage, a sizable chunk of baby formula [is] shipped to the border for newly arriving 'asylum seekers.'"
A May 12 report by Just The News appeared to back up Thorne's observation. Rep. Kat Cammack (R-FL) revealed that the Biden administration is shipping baby formula to illegal aliens kept in holding facilities, as American mothers are having difficulty obtaining it for their children. (Related: Destroying the food supply is the PLAN: Australia trashes fresh avocados while infant formula shipped to US border as America's own babies go hungry.)
"[President Joe] Biden is sending pallets of baby formula to the border. Meanwhile, store shelves across America are empty and moms are being told they don't know when more are coming in," the Republican lawmaker said on May 11.
According to Cammack, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agent revealed this information to her. The agent also sent pictures of the baby formula shipments at a processing facility in Texas. "You would not believe the shipment I just brought in," the CBP agent with three decades of service under his belt told Cammack.
The agent, himself a grandfather, remarked that his own children cannot procure any baby formula.
"Once the Biden [administration] distributes the [illegal immigrants] around the country, they compete with Americans for short supplies of baby formula – which the [illegal aliens] receive free of charge on the [American] taxpayers' dime," concluded Thorne.
Starvation.news has more stories about the ongoing baby formula shortage.
Watch Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) below denouncing the administration for sending baby formula to illegals.
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