As the holidays and winter approach, some families in Macon County may be wondering if they will have enough food to feed their family. One program that helps low and moderate income families is the WIC program.
WIC is a Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children up to age 5 and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. WIC can provide guidance and nutritional assistance to eat well, be active and stay healthy.
What can WIC offer? WIC can provide nutrition education and counseling, education and support for breastfeeding babies, vouchers to help your family buy foods such as fruits, vegetables, eggs, cereal, and whole grains, and help in finding health care for your family.
WIC is for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding a baby under one year of age or just had a baby in the past six months, and children up to five years of age including those cared for by a grandparent, foster parent or guardian.
To be eligible for WIC you must live in North Carolina, have a household income equal to or less than 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, or be at nutritional risk.
Tiffany Pangle, WIC Program Director at Macon County Public Health emphasizes that “eating right is vital to healthy living. Proper nutrition is one of the strongest building blocks a parent can provide during pregnancy and the infancy, toddler and preschool years.”
WIC services are available by appointments in Franklin at the Macon County Public Health Center and in Highlands on the second Wednesday of each month.
If you are interested in finding out more about the WIC Program and the WIC guidelines or would like to make an appointment to apply for WIC contact the Macon County Public Health WIC office at (828)349-2483 or visit www.maconnc.org/Public Health/WIC.