The Morgan County Health Center announced a contract to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2023 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their fifth birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility.
The primary WIC services provided include healthy, supplemental food, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, health screening and referrals to health care.
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185 percent of the poverty level and be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
The WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products, hot or cold cereals, 100-percent fruit juices, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.
The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breastfeeding support, baby foods, and infant cereal. For women who cannot — or choose not to — breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental, iron fortified formula.
Program participants obtain their supplemental food by using their eWIC cards for specific items at participating local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Studies confirm pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low-birth-weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy, and eat healthier.
The WIC program is administered in Morgan County by the Morgan County Health Center. Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information, should contact the Morgan County WIC office at 573-378-5438.
The health center offers WIC clinics 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at their facility, 104 W. Lafayette in Versailles.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, WIC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.