Mothers urged to turn to WIC program for healthy foods
With the rise of unemployment in Lapeer County, and many residents struggling to keep up with the increase in gas prices, thankfully there are still government programs available. The WIC (Women, Infants, Children) program is a supplemental food program that has been around for over 20 years helping pregnant women and their children remain healthy both during and after pregnancy.
More than 1,713 clients per month received WIC in Lapeer County last year, up from 1,548 in 2006. Along with receiving coupons for nutritious foods, clients are also given nutritional education classes, some of which can be completed online.
WIC has helped lower the premature birth and infant death rates. Pregnant women who participate in WIC reduce their incidence of miscarrying during their last trimester by 1/3.
For the children, participation in WIC has resulted in improved learning in school, increasing their ability to concentrate and problem solve. There is also a reduced risk of low iron among children and pregnant women who participate in WIC, and women who choose to participate are given guidance in receiving other services that may be available in the county.
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for:
•Women who have a baby less than six months old
•Infants and children up to 5 years old
•Meet income guidelines
WIC is available at the Lapeer County Health Department, 1800 Imlay City Road, Lapeer. You may call (810) 667-0448 to schedule an appointment as soon as you become pregnant and/or meet the other requirements.
WIC typically provides foods such as milk, eggs, and cheese, infant and adult cereal, peanut butter, dried beans or peas, infant formula and canned tuna and carrots.
WIC products may be purchased at the Almont Food Center, Kroger-Imlay City, Kroger-Lapeer, Save-A-Lot, Wal-Mart Supercenter, Meijer
Metamora Foodland, Bryans Supermarket, and Mill Street Bulk Foods.
For income guidelines and more information, call the Lapeer County Health Department WIC Agency at (810) 667-0448.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Again, for questions regarding the local WIC program please call the Lapeer County Health Department at (810) 667-0448.
Stephanie Simmons, Director/Health Officer
February 20, 2008