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Posted on: April 22, 2020

PRESS RELEASE: WIC is open and here to support families

WIC is open and here to support families.

WIC wants families to know that we are here for them. The Carlton County WIC office is open for current participants and new participants.


To reach the Carlton County WIC program call 218-878-2853. Families can find the phone number for other regional MN WIC programs by calling 1-800-942-4030.


Due to social distancing, WIC has changed the way services are delivered. WIC participants and those interested in WIC should call their local WIC clinic to ask how they are providing services.  In Carlton County, all WIC services are being provided over the phone or by video conferencing, instead of in-person.


In 2019, WIC changed from a paper voucher to a card, similar to an EBT- style card. WIC participants can continue to use this WIC Card in stores.


Please watch for inaccurate social media reports about WIC. The best source of information about current WIC services is the Minnesota WIC website.

 

WIC is a health and nutrition program and provides a variety of healthy foods! WIC staff can answer nutrition and breastfeeding questions, and refer to other helpful resources. WIC provides services to women who have recently had a baby or who are pregnant and to infants and children until their 5th birthday. WIC wants families to know that if they have had changes in income due to COVID19 or if they participate in Medical Assistance, SNAP, or other programs, such as Head Start, they may be eligible. To learn more see the Minnesota WIC website or call 1-800-942-4030.

Helpful resources for families:

Nutrition

Prenatal, infant, child and postpartum nutrition information. (English, Spanish, Somali) https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/nutrition/index.html

Recipes https://www.health.state.mn.us/people/wic/recipes/index.html


Breastfeeding

Preparing for breastfeeding, getting off to a great start, and more.


USDA WIC Breastfeeding Support website:

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