The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has announced that a contract continuance to provide Women, Infants and Children services for federal fiscal year 2023 has been signed with the …
The North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) has announced that a contract continuance to provide Women, Infants and Children services for federal fiscal year 2023 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their fifth birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility.
The primary services provided are healthy, supplemental food, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, health screening and referrals to health care. To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185 percent of the poverty level and be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products, hot or cold cereals, 100 percent fruit juices, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breastfeeding support, baby foods and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental, iron-fortified formula. Participants obtain their foods by using their eWIC cards for specific items at participating local grocery stores and pharmacies.
The Department of Health and Senior Services cites studies that confirm pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
WIC is administered in Warren and St. Charles counties. People interested in applying or who need more information should call 636-456-2933 in Warren County or 636-240-7350 in St. Charles County. In Warren County, WIC sessions are held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the NECAC Warren County Service Center, 120 E. Main in Warrenton. In St. Charles County, WIC is offered from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the NECAC St. Charles County Service Center, 3400 Meadow Pointe Drive in O’Fallon.
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