Vandalia Leader

Follow Us On:

PCHD signs WIC contract

Posted on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 11:16 am

indexThe Pike County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2017 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Pike County Health Department will be able to serve 525 persons eligible for WIC every month.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutrition risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion, and referrals to health care. Nutritious supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. To be eligible for WIC applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level and be determined by a health professional to be a nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and Vitamin A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products, and hot or cold cereal, 100% fruit juices and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breastfeeding support, baby foods and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food checks for specific items at local grocery stores.

WIC Income Guidelines
April 1, 2016–March 31
Family Size, Annual, Monthly, and Weekly
Sz. Ann’l   Mth’ly  Wkly.
1 21,978      1,832    423
2 29,637      2,470    570
3 37,296      3,108    718
4 44,955      3,747    865
5 52,614      4,385    1,012
6 60,273      5,023    1,160
7 67,951      5,663    1,307
8 75,647  6,304    1,455
9 83,343  6,946    1,603
10 91,039 7,587    1,751
11 98,735 8,228    1,899
12 106,431  8,870    2,047
13 114,127  9,511    2,195
14 121,823 10,152    2,343
15 129,519 10,794    2,491
16 137,215 11,435    2,639
Each additional family member:     Plus 7,696; Plus 642; Plus 148
Pregnant Women are counted as two family members. Income Guidelines are based on 185% of poverty level.
If you or anyone you know may qualify please contact the Health Department at 573-324-2111 to schedule an appointment. This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.