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Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for WIC Updated

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Women, Infants, and Children or WIC helps out women in many ways.

"We give nutrition counseling to women, infants, and children. Women who are pregnant, infants, and children below age five. We also do free immunizations and we have a nurse on site. We also do health screenings as far as checking hemoglobin, weight, and height,” explained Kirstie Wadsworth, WIC dietician.

Wadsworth said those are just some of the services Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, provides.

One of the main services is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program, which works like a debit card or a gift card.

"Our participants get an EBT card which is a loaded card that they can use at the grocery store just like an ATM or debit card would be used. The benefits are loaded onto the card and they can use that at the EBT machine,” Wadsworth explained.

The DHHR recently announced the USDA decided that WIC participants will get two extra dollars to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. Wadsworth said that will be beneficial.

"The USDA has increased our fruit and vegetable benefits from $6 to $8. The CDC has shown that a decline in childhood obesity is directly linked to our increase of fruits and vegetables in our package. We are proud of this change, and our moms have voice that they appreciate the increase,” said Wadsworth.

Wadsworth said WIC participants must meet income guidelines to receive help.

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