WIC backpacks for new child participants!!!

Displaying the new WIC backpacks given to all new WIC child participants are left to right:  Mary Magers RN, CLC (WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator), Shasta Hall, Yancey Hall, Jennifer Hall (Breastfeeding Peer Helper) holding Sadie Hall and Kristina Scott (WIC Support Staff).

Belmont County WIC is pleased to announce it has received a $2,500.00 grant through the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley and its affiliate, the Smith-Goshen Rice Enrichment Fund.  These funds will be used to support all new Belmont County WIC children.

Belmont County WIC is a nutrition education program.  WIC provides nutritious foods that promote good health for pregnant women, women who just had a baby, breastfeeding moms, infants and children up to age 5.  The program, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture, improves pregnancy outcomes by providing referrals for support and medical care, reduces infant mortality by lowering the incidence of low birth weights and provides a healthy start for infants and young children through supplemental foods and education.

This fund was used to purchase Toddler Development Kits containing Noodle Soup’s little books, which are easy-to-read books on practical topics ranging from healthy eating to ABCs.  The kits also includes workbooks, coloring books, crayons, balls, stacking cups, bath toys, a toothbrush, toothpaste, cup, plate, utensils, and a growth chart.

The primary goal of the project is to encourage parents to read to their children to improve literacy and reinforce the education provided by the WIC health professionals.  The secondary goal is to encourage ongoing participation in the WIC program.  Many parents stop bringing their children to the WIC appointments after age one when the child transitions from formula and baby food to regular milk and table foods.

Who is eligible for WIC?  Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a baby less than 6 months old, and infants and children up to 5 years old are eligible to apply for WIC.  Fathers and grandparents who have legal custody are welcome to apply for WIC for their children up to age 5.

What does WIC provide?  Nutrition education and support.  Breastfeeding education and support.  Referrals for health care and supplies.  Immunization screening and referral.  Supplemental foods such as:  cereal, eggs, milk, whole-grain foods, fruits and vegetables and infant formula.

How do I apply?  Call Belmont County WIC at (740) 676-2232 to make an appointment.  See if you qualify over the phone.  If you are eligible, you will receive a WIC Nutrition Card to buy healthy foods at local WIC-approved grocery stores.