Qualified participants get more than nutritional boost with WIC benefits
SYLVESTER, Ga.—People who dismiss WIC – Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children program – as being limited to formula and food vouchers should give the program another look.
“WIC can potentially serve more members of Worth County’s population,” said Worth County Health Department Manager Gina Connell. “It provides nutritional support and services for families. It can offer great benefits to those who qualify.”
Those specifically targeted for services include:
• Pregnant women
• Breastfeeding mothers
• Infants up to one year of age
• Children up to five years of age
“WIC provides vouchers to buy healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors,” she said. Authorized foods include basics such as milk, vegetables, fruits, eggs, cereal, peanut butter and much more.
Connell stressed, however, that there is much more to the program. “WIC provides information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy. It offers support and information about breastfeeding, and assists participants in finding health care and other community services,” she said.
“Contact our office to make an appointment to find out if you qualify,” Connell said. “You might be pleasantly surprised that you can take advantage of these benefits and services.”
She said candidates for WIC should bring the following documents:
• Identification for themselves and their child: Driver’s license, Social Security card, immunization record, birth certificate
• Proof of household income: Medicaid card, paycheck stub, letter from employer, unemployment notice
• Proof of street address: Electric bill, rent/mortgage receipt, cable TV or phone bill
“The proof of income and street address information must be no more than 30 days old,” Connell said. “If you have questions, we encourage you to contact us at 229-777-2150.”