The Carter County Health Department is reaching out to individuals who may be eligible for the Women, Infant and Children Food and Nutrition Service program and are not receiving the benefits.

The special program provides nutritious supplemental foods and special nutrition education and counseling. Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or who have recently given birth, as well as children up to age 5, may be eligible to receive services if they are nutritionally at-risk and have a low or moderate income. WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is administered in Oklahoma through all county health departments and many private nonprofit agencies and tribal health programs.

“While persons who receive Medicaid, SNAP or TANF benefits automatically qualify for WIC, others not receiving public assistance may still be eligible if their income is within program limits,” said Mendy Spohn, administrative director for the Carter County Health Department.

Two-parent families, single-mother or single-father families, grandparents, foster parents or a guardian in addition to mothers can apply for WIC for children up to age 5.

WIC offers a variety of health food choices, which includes fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, whole grains and infant foods. The educational aspect of the program teaches participants how to prepare health meals and snacks. In addition, the program supports mothers who breastfeed, providing information, personal assistance and a breast pump, when needed. It is also an outlet to introduce clients to other health care services, including prenatal care, well-child clinics, family planning services and immunizations for children.

For more information, contact the Carter County Health Department at (580) 223-9705 or the WIC hotline at (888) 655-2942 or visit http://WIC.health.ok.gov.