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FOR RELEASE: September 6 , 2005
CONTACT: Pamela Williams
Office of Communications
405/271-5601

Oklahoma WIC Program to Accept WIC Recipients from Hurricane-affected States

Residents from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi who qualified for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) supplemental nutrition program in their home states will be able to receive benefits if they are forced to relocate to Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Department of Health announced today.

Those WIC recipients displaced by Hurricane Katrina who have sought shelter in Oklahoma can contact their nearest local WIC clinic, including their local county health department, or call 1-888-655-2942 for information on a clinic location closest to them.

WIC provides nutrition education, food, formula, and other services for low-income pregnant women, new mothers, and infants and children under age 5.

“Every effort is being made to serve those WIC participants displaced by Hurricane Katrina as soon as possible,” said Terry Bryce, WIC interim chief.
Bryce said displaced WIC participants from Louisiana and Alabama who have food instruments from those states will be able to redeem them through Oklahoma’s grocers and vendors.

Families displaced by the hurricane and not previously enrolled in WIC can apply for WIC services in Oklahoma by providing a written statement declaring they were victims of the hurricane, the Oklahoma address where they are residing, and a self-declaration of their current income.

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