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FOR RELEASE: June 6, 2000
CONTACT: Dick Gunn
405/271-5601

Public Comment Sought for WIC State Plan

State health officials are soliciting comments from individuals regarding the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Input is needed for the State Plan of program operations for the 2001 fiscal year. These comments must be received before July 31, 2000.

WIC is a federally funded nutrition education and supplemental food program for low income pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years of age, who are determined to be at nutritional risk and whose incomes fall below 185 percent of the poverty level. Currently, there are approximately 90,000 Oklahomans participating in the WIC program each month.

A priority for the program is to make sure pregnant women understand the importance of adequate nutrition throughout their pregnancy, and that mothers with young children have the basic nutritional knowledge necessary to assure their children's proper nutrition intake.

Comments regarding the WIC program may be mailed to:

Tom Freeman, State Director
WIC Service
Oklahoma State Department of Health
Shepherd Mall
2520 Villa Prom Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2419
or phone 1-888-655-2942 or 405-271-4676.

WIC is an equal opportunity program available to eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap.

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