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 2014 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the ACHD will be able to serve 647 persons every month.
WIC provides at no cost, specific nutritious supplemental foods and nutrition education to pregnant, breast feeding, and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5.
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 $3,631 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 and vegetables.
Although the WIC program recommends breast feeding, 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 ACHD. Anyone who is interested in applying or in need of more information should contact the ACHD at 573-581-1332.
WIC appointments are made for Tuesdays at the ACHD 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.