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Changes To WIC Program May Help Families In Need

A person feeding a baby from a bottle.
Kelly Sikkema
WIC helps families with pregnant women and children under the age of five.

While many families are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic, programs are available to help.

Community outreach coordinator Shawnna Rhine, with the Southern Seven Health Department, said changes to the WIC program will make it easier for families and stores. WIC coupon vouchers are being replaced by an EBT card and there are more food options available, along with education for parents. “WIC is a food program but it is also an education program,” said Rhine. “They meet with our WIC nurses on a regular basis, and they can do it by phone and they learn nutrition education.”

Low to moderate income families that include pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding women or children under 5 are eligible for WIC. Families enrolled in other assistance programs may also qualify. Anyone interested in enrolling can contact their local health department.

For those in the Southern Seven counties, Rhine said residents may apply in person or by phone. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department recommends making an appointment for in-person meetings and visitors will have to undergo a health screening and temperature check.

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