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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • WIC program offers quality nutrition, support services to families

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  • Chickasaw Nation Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program extends its services to everyone who needs encouragement and support in feeding their families.
     
    The WIC program offers up-to-date specialized nutrition education along with an expanded supplemental food package for children from the prenatal period up to age five.
     
    The program puts families’ feeding concerns first and works with families to provide for the nutritional needs of their growing children. It also helps participants improve their diets, get needed immunizations and health care as well as encourages women to breastfeed.
     
    Appointments and services are available to anyone who meets the following guidelines:
    • Pregnant or breastfeeding
    • Have had a baby in the past six months or have a child up to five years of age• Meet WIC income guidelines
    • Have a nutritional screening at the WIC office to determine if they are at nutritional risk
     
    Homeless persons are served immediately upon request if the above criteria are met.
     
    Chickasaw Nation WIC benefits are issued utilizing a magnetic strip card known as Electronic Benefit Transfer card. The card is the first of its kind to be used among the Oklahoma WIC agencies and works like a debit or credit card. It replaces the traditional paper check or voucher and gives families freedom of purchasing the WIC food they need with each trip to the store, without losing the remaining balance for the month. At the end of the transaction, a receipt is printed with information about remaining WIC food benefit balance.
     
    A WIC food package includes milk, cheese, fruit juice, eggs, cereal, whole grains, canned fish, peanut butter, beans/peas as well as fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. Infant foods are also offered and formula for infants is provided if needed.Enhanced food packages are offered to breastfeeding women and peer counselors are available to ensure a successful breastfeeding experience. Electric breast pumps are also available for use by WIC participants in any of the Chickasaw Nation WIC Clinics.
     
    In the summer months, participants are eligible for Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for the purchase of Oklahoma-grown fresh fruits and vegetables from authorized farmers markets and farm stands throughout the Chickasaw Nation and surrounding areas.
     
    In the area Chickasaw Nation WIC Clinics are located in Ardmore, Tishomingo and Sulphur, as well as the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center in Ada. Currently, the program serves the needs of more than 3,900 participants.
     
    To ask questions call (580) 436-7255 or toll free number (888) 436-7255.
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    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
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