The St. Charles County Public Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will continue to provide services during the 2019 coronavirus disease pandemic; the program only changes the way services are delivered.
“During this unprecedented event, many are struggling to provide nutritious food for their families,” said Eva Obirek, WIC program manager for St. Charles County. “We are changing the way we deliver our services to help our current and newly eligible clients receive some of the help they may need and deliver it in a way that helps reduce the spread of this disease. “
Participating mothers and children can receive nutritional foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support, and referral to medical services through this free program. Until further notice, St. Charles County staff will be booking appointments remotely – answering questions by phone / email, collecting correspondence via digital methods, delivering food instruments by courier and providing pulls. -milk or other supplies as needed via drop-off collections.
Since mothers and their children have different nutritional needs, the program tailors food options for each individual and focuses on healthy choices. The foods offered in the program are low in sugar and are good sources of recommended nutrients such as vitamins A, C and D; iron; protein; and calcium. Due to product delivery shortages in some Missouri communities, eligible food categories and specific food items have been extended statewide until May 31, 2020.
“Families who may not previously have been eligible for WIC services may now be eligible due to job loss or reduced hours worked,” Obirek added. “Those who may be in this situation at this time are encouraged to seek help from our staff. Research shows that participation in WIC improves the health of mothers and their children.
To qualify, participants in the St. Charles County WIC must meet income guidelines, be a resident of Missouri and be at “nutritional risk” as determined by a healthcare practitioner. Income eligibility criteria are based on gross household income
If you have any questions regarding these service changes in St. Charles County or to join the program, please email [email protected] or call 636-949-7402. For more information on the services provided by WIC, visit sccmo.org/WIC.