Taney County Health Department Announces Extension of WIC Program to 2021

Press Release

The Taney County Health Department (TCHD) is pleased to announce the annual contract for the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Supplemental Food Program has been renewed for 2021. The WIC Program saves lives through improved health and nutrition of infants, young children and mothers throughout Taney County by offering healthy foods and encouraging healthy eating habits and lifestyles. Women who participate in WIC during pregnancy have healthier pregnancies and improved birth outcomes.

WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, supplemental foods, and referrals for other health and social services, at no cost to the participant. WIC supplemental foods include milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, cereal, whole wheat bread or pasta, tortillas or brown rice, fruits and vegetables, beans and peanut butter.

Nutrition education may be received either in person, by phone, or online through WICHealth.org for those who qualify. The eWIC card makes the WIC shopping experience fast, flexible and simple by loading benefits (foods) on a card that can be used at WIC approved stores. WIC in Taney County serves an average of 1,600 participants each month. Participants must meet certain income and nutritional criteria to qualify for WIC. A family of four, for example, with a gross weekly income of $933 or less, would qualify for WIC. Foster parents, single dads and grandparents may also utilize WIC services. “WIC provides nutrition education that supports families in making healthy lifestyle changes, states Tammy Drake, WIC Division Manager. “WIC is here to answer questions and assist parents in making healthy feeding choices for their infants and children,”

WIC Services are provided, by appointment, at the Taney County Health Department Branson and Forsyth locations, Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Hollister and at Elevate Branson. For additional information about WIC services, breastfeeding support programs, or to make an appointment, please call the Taney County Health Department – Branson (417) 334-4544 ext. 592, Forsyth (417) 546-4725 ext. 321, visit our website http://www.taneycohealth.org, or like our FaceBook, Instagram and Pintrest pages.

Click below for information on the WIC Program from Kara Miller of the Taney County Health Department on a recent “At Your Service” Podcast:

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