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WIC Open During COVID-19 Crisis



In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising unemployment, a program providing supplemental food to eligible parents is still available.

Women, Infants, Children or WIC officials report they're still operating and helping families with basic nutrition. WIC serves low-income pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants, and children under age 5 who have health or nutrition risks. A spokesperson says many working families are part of WIC. Other people are also eligible.

Cheri Nemec works with the WIC program at the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council. She says the program has income requirements, but more people might now be eligible...

"Right now we want to remind people that we are looking at future income as well as past income so a lot of people who are laid off or furloughed, we're going to look at your income for the next 30 days. So you may qualify now where you didn't qualify before...."

Nemec says if you were just above the income guidelines, it might be a good time to check your eligibility again. She says they also provide other services along with food. Nemec says the supplemental food could amount to $50 per child each month.... "At this point it's nice to have that $50 that you can get some essential foods like eggs and bread and milk and cereal through WIC and then maybe use then use that $50 toward something else that you need...."

More information on WIC and the many services are available at Oneida, Forest and Vilas County Public Health Departments, and Great Lakes Inter-Tribal in Lac du Flambeau...or go to the website wicmomstrong.com

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