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Posted on: December 19, 2022

Nearly 10,500 pregnant persons, infants, and children served by WIC last year; contract renewed FY23

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The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services has renewed the contract to provide $1,446,519 for the continuation of Women, Infants & Children (WIC) services in Greene County for fiscal year 2023. Springfield-Greene County Health is ready for a new year with plans to expand the WIC program to new locations to serve even more eligible families. 

WIC’s mission is to safeguard the health of women, infants and children who are at nutritional risk by providing nutritious foods to enhance diets, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care and other community resources. Through this contract, the Health Department was able to serve 10,484 pregnant persons, infants, and children in fiscal year 2022.  

“The importance of WIC’s services was highlighted by the rising cost of groceries this year.” said WIC Program Coordinator Mary Ellison. “Many families who already live on a shoestring budget were faced with hard choices when it came to necessities. WIC members were able to continue providing for their families even through this hardship.”

WIC services are provided to eligible women who are pregnant, breastfeeding and/or post-partum mothers, as well as infants and children up to the age of five. The income eligibility threshold is 185% of the federal poverty level. For a family of three, that currently equates to an annual gross household income of about $42,606. For a family of four, the threshold is $51,338. If you think you might qualify, you are encouraged to call (417) 864-1540. 

For more information about the WIC program, locations, and hours, or to find out if you qualify, call (417) 864-1540 or visit: http://health.springfieldmo.gov/wic.

 

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