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Changes to Women Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition service will give participants easier access to benefits

Appointments and nutritional services will now be made over-the-phone.
Posted at 7:38 AM, Apr 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-10 07:42:29-04

CLEVELAND — Participants of the Women Infant and Children (WIC) nutrition service will now have easier access to benefits.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, appointments and nutritional services will now be made over-the-phone.

Normally, WIC would screen potential participants by in-office appointments only, requiring documentation such as proof of income, residence, identification and proof of pregnancy.

Instead, participants will make a “modified” appointment where participants stay in their cars in the WIC parking lot. A WIC Staff member approaches the car, gets the WIC Nutrition Card and the remainder of the appointment is conducted via cell phone.

WIC offers monthly benefits to buy healthy food, personalized nutrition information, breastfeeding support, and other services for women with young children.

In Richland County, dietitians prescribe nutritious food packages tailored specifically to the family’s needs and likes that can be loaded onto the participant’s card.

WIC is considered to be an essential service and provides nutritious foods to pregnant women and families with children under the age 5.

They are also encouraging families who are short on income because of the coronavirus to apply for benefits, even if they think they may make too much money.

To Qualify for WIC your income should be at or below the following guidelines for monthly gross income:

  • Family of 2 $2,607
  • Family of 3 $3,289
  • Family of 4 $3,970
  • Family of 5 $4,652

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