OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Women's, Infants and Children's (WIC) division of the Oregon County Health Department announced last week that it had received its contract for the 2005 fiscal year.
WIC Director Sharon Wrenfrow said the program provides supplemental foods which can include milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, peanut butter, beans, tuna, carrots and evaporated milk to pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women and children up to the age of 5 years. Infants up to 12 months receive juice, infant cereal and formula if needed.
"We also offer support and promote breastfeeding," Wrenfrow said. She said each WIC participant also receives nutritional education and referrals to programs that are beneficial to them. Under WIC guidelines, a family of four is eligible if its income does not exceed $671 weekly, $2,907 monthly, or $34,873 annually. Wrenfrow said "We anticipate an increase in the income guidelines in April."
"We are beginning to prepare for the Missouri Farmers Market Nutritional Program. This works in partnership with the WIC program. All WIC participants above 6 months of age will receive coupons to be spent at our local farmers market. We also have information for any farmers who would like to participate in the program," Wrenfrow said.
She said the WIC staff strives to meet the needs of all our participants and continues to look for outreach opportunities
WIC personnel are at the Thayer Health Department Office located next to the Thayer Library every Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch. The Thayer office can be called at 417-264-3114.
The Alton WIC office is located on the court square in Alton and WIC personnel will be available Monday, Thursday and Friday. The Alton office may be called at 417-778-7450.