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Joplin WIC announces annual contract info

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF JOPLIN

The Joplin City WIC Office has announced that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013 thru September 30, 2014) has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, Joplin City WIC will be able to serve 3,647 eligible participants per month. We have also received the distinction of being a Breastfeeding Friendly WIC Clinic for a third year. We have 4 International Board Certified Lactation Consultants on staff, and provide a meeting location for Chi Chi Mama’s a local community support group. They meet the 1st Thursday of every month at 5:00PM for more info call or see support group on Facebook.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program that provides services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.

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 and hot or cold cereals, 100% fruit juices and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breast-feeding support, baby foods and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food checks for specific items at local grocery stores and pharmacies.

Studies confirm that 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.

Program eligibility is partially based on income guidelines. Income must be at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Participants must also complete a nutritional risk assessment by a health professional. If interested contact Joplin City WIC (417-623-1928) or visit our web site at http://www.joplinmo.org/index.aspx?nid=326. Missouri women interested in finding out more about how to receive WIC benefits can also call TEL-LINK at 1-800- TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465) or the information is also available online at www.health.mo.gov/wic.

Joplin City WIC is located at 321 E 4th Street in Joplin and hours of operation are 8-5 Mon-Fri. The Joplin City WIC office also operates a satellite clinic 8:30-4:30 the first 3 Thu-Fri of the month, out of the Jasper County Health Department (located at 105 N. Lincoln in Carthage) staffed with employees from the Joplin site. Please call the Joplin site for available dates and to make appointments.

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