Field placement: Market Umbrella (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Imani worked with Market Umbrella to design a breastfeeding incentive program and WIC Cash Value Voucher at Crescent City Farmers Markets pilot program for mothers receiving WIC. These programs aim to increase access to fresh locally-sourced fruits and vegetables and increase breastfeeding rates among low-income mothers in the Orleans parish by providing a financial incentive and support system for families.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Increasing Access to Food for Mothers, Infants and Children Receiving Benefits from WIC through Community Partnerships and Improving the Value of WIC Participation by integrating WIC into Local Food Economies discuss two problems that the WIC population faces: low participation rates and low breastfeeding rates. These reports explain how WIC agencies and community stakeholders can partner to incubate solutions to these challenges.
Policy Placement: Food Research and Action Center (Washington, DC)
Imani worked to maximize the new CACFP meal pattern and nutrition standards by organizing a convening of organizations that represent key stakeholders (i.e., CACFP administrators and operators, child care providers, physicians, community organizations, and parents). The convening focused on how culturally humble communication, parent empowerment and community partnerships will be essential to ensuring an equitable and successful implementation of the new CACFP meal pattern. Imani also studied recruitment and retention strategies to reverse nationally declining WIC coverage rates. As part of this project, Imani interviewed and surveyed WIC agencies, local WIC agencies and WIC vendors in key states.