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FOR RELEASE: October 29, 2001
WIC Services Available in South Oklahoma City
Some South Oklahoma City residents may be missing out on the benefits of WIC, a nutritional foods program for women, infants and children. The program provides special nutrition education and counseling as well as nutritious supplemental foods. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have recently given birth, or children aged birth to age 5, may be eligible to receive services if they are nutritionally at-risk and have a low or moderate income.
Some people believe they must be receiving public assistance to qualify for WIC, however, you may still qualify for WIC even if you are working. For example, a family of four could be income-eligible if their annual gross income does not exceed $32,653.
Once they have been certified for WIC services, clients get food "instruments" which they can take to their participating grocer to purchase specific food items based on their nutritional needs. These items may include milk, cheese, fruit juice high in vitamin C, eggs, iron-fortified cereal, dried beans, peanut butter, tuna and carrots.
Infants may receive infant formula and infant cereals; however, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed as the first choice for feeding their baby. Breast milk provides the perfect infant nutrition to give babies a healthy start. The food items provided through WIC can also make a significant improvement in the diets of children who are enrolled in WIC, particularly in the nutrients and vitamins they receive.
There are numerous clinic sites in South Oklahoma City and Moore to serve WIC clients. Check these out:
Southeast Area Health Center
Riverside Community Center
Ruth Dropkins Head Start Center
Community Action - Moore
Cleveland County Health Department - Moore
For more information, call WIC Services at 271-4676.
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