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January 2007 News News page Archive
Baby Alexis O'Grady benefits from the WMCAP WIC program.
WIC
Women, Infants and Children Program


Washington-Morgan Counties Community Action operates one of the oldest Women Infants and Children (WIC) programs in Ohio. WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. It helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children up to 5 years of age who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition. The program has been available in Washington and Morgan Counties since the early 1970s. Tens of thousands of individuals have benefitted from the program in it’s over 30 years of existence. What started out as a relatively small program directly providing cereal, juice and other nutrition supplements has evolved into a program with more than 2,000 participants in the two counties providing coupons worth more than $700,000 per year to pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, infants, and children to age 5. The coupons are redeemed through dozens of local vendors in the two county area, thus not only do the families benefit from receiving needed food supplements but local merchants benefit from the additional sales generated by this important program.

The staff of the WIC program consists of nurses, a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian. Nutrition education is an important aspect of the program and the trained staff works closely with participants to insure that they have the most up to date nutritional information. The goal of the program is to provide important food supplements, such as formula, milk, cheese, juice and cereals at no cost to eligible households so that infants and children have the foods they need for those early stages of brain development that are so important to typical growth.

Pregnant and breast feeding women, infants, and children up to age five living in either Washington or Morgan Counties may be eligible for the program based on income, nutritional and health risk. Persons interested in receiving more information should call 740-374-8501 in Washington County or 740-962-5266 in Morgan County. Offices are open at 696 Wayne Street Monday through Friday, and Tuesday through Thursday at 442 S. Main St, Malta.


Washington-Morgan Community Action Washington and Morgan Counties, Ohio


218 Putnam Street, Marietta, OH 45750 (740) 373-3745
50 W. Third Street, PO Box 398, Malta, OH 43758
(740) 962-3827