Elise Palmer


An empty shelf of baby food, a Women, Infants and Children Program product, at Lowes Foods in Wilkes County, North Carolina. WIC products such as baby food have been selling out at increased rated due to the COVID-19 pandemic, putting WIC participants under extra duress.

Recipients of WIC program struggle to find approved food during pandemic

Policies regarding the Women, Infants and Children Program have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic as recipients of the program struggle to find approved foods. If grocery stores run out of the specific foods that WIC recipients are able to purchase, then they may leave empty handed. “We’re concerned about the ability for WIC participants to meet their nutritional needs during this time given the absence of many staple food items at many grocery stores,” Suzy Khachaturyan, a policy analyst with the N.C. Justice Center, said. 

Mariposas students create collages at Frank Porter Graham Bilingue Elementary School. Photo courtesy of Peg Gignoux.

Latinx youth in CHCCS create bilingual picture book to foster equity

Latinx student group Mariposas and For Kids By Kids, an organization of teaching artists that edit and create picture books joined together to create “El regalo de Lenna," or “Lenna’s Gift," a bilingual children’s picture book attempting to create a counter-narrative surrounding Latinx people in the United States.