CCHD provides nutrition program to women, children

            The Crawford County Health Department has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2020 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the Crawford County Health Department (CCHD) will be able to serve 555 people eligible for WIC every month.

            Women, Infants and Children (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 health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Nutritious supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants. WIC participants are people who meet WIC income guidelines and are determined by health professionals to 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 and hot or cold cereals, 100% 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. WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food checks for specific items at local grocery stores and pharmacies. Studies confirm that 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.

            The CCHD provides the WIC program at 202 W. Main St. in Steelville and at 750 Old Hwy 66 in Bourbon at the Seventh Day Adventist School by appointment. Those interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the CCHD at 573-775-2555. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.