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Published June 10, 2010, 05:07 PM

Lawmakers lobby WIC program to include potatoes

BOISE, Idaho — Lawmakers from the state that touts its “Famous Potatoes” say spuds should be among the food options available to low-income mothers and children as part of a federal nutrition program.

BOISE, Idaho — Lawmakers from the state that touts its “Famous Potatoes” say spuds should be among the food options available to low-income mothers and children as part of a federal nutrition program.

Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 17 other senators in asking the federal government to add white potatoes to the list of eligible foods under the nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC.

The WIC program added more healthy foods last year.

WIC recipients in the past have received items such as milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, peanut butter, dried beans and peas, and formula. Clients can now use vouchers to buy soy beverages, organic milk, whole grains, canned beans and peas, baby foods, fresh vegetables and fruits and frozen vegetables.

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