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WIC provides services to families

May 11, 2018 GMT

The Nebraska Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program provides healthy food at no cost, breastfeeding support for mothers and newborns, and nutrition information to help keep pregnant women, infants, and children under five healthy and strong.

WIC provides monitoring of height, weight, and hemoglobin to encourage good health and ensure adequate growth and development. Education is provided by health professionals on diet, breastfeeding, immunizations, and other topics important in pregnancy and childhood.

According to a press release, research has shown that WIC plays a key role in improving birth outcomes across the nation; a reduction in premature births has been noted since the implementation of WIC as well as improved breastfeeding rates and an increase in key nutrient intake.

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You are eligible if you live in Nebraska, are pregnant, postpartum or a breastfeeding woman, or an infant or child under the age of 5 years old. Fathers, guardians, or foster parents may apply for WIC for their children. You may qualify if you are within income guidelines. However, you automatically qualify for WIC if you currently receive ADC, SNAP, Kids Connection or Medicaid.

WIC provides a variety of healthy, nutritious foods including: Iron fortified cereals; Eggs; Whole grain bread, brown rice, corn or whole wheat tortillas; Canned or dried beans; Peanut butter; Milk, cheese, & yogurt; Baby food; Fresh fruits and vegetables.

Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska provides services in Gering, Kimball, Sidney, Bridgeport and Oshkosh.

To schedule an appointment or obtain more information on how to qualify for WIC, please call 308-633-2772.

Those who are interested may also visit signupwic.com to learn more about what clinic sites are available.

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