The Audrain County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC, the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, for federal fiscal year 2016 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Audrain County Health Department will be able to serve 694 persons every month.
WIC provides, at no cost, specific nutritious supplemental foods and nutrition education to pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five.
WIC participants are persons who meet WIC income guidelines and are determined by health professionals to be at nutritional risk.
A household family of four can make $3,739 per month and qualify for WIC.
WIC supplemental food packages are specifically chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C.
Eligible women and children receive fortified milk, cheese, eggs, hot or cold cereals high in iron, fruit juices high in vitamin C, peanut butter, beans, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Although the WIC program recommends breastfeeding, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula when needed, infant cereal, and baby food to include fruits and vegetables.
Participants are issued food checks to purchase these foods at authorized local retail stores. By improving the diets of women, infants, and children, the WIC program improves the health status of a vulnerable population during a critical growth period.
WIC is administered in Audrain County by the Audrain County Health Department. Anyone who is interested in applying or in need of more information should contact the Health Department at 573-581-1332. WIC appointments are made for Tuesdays at the Health Department and in Vandalia on the second Thursday of each month.
Standards for participation in the WIC program are the same for everyone regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap.