WIC work continues to aid state’s families during virus outbreak

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WIC work continues to aid state’s families during virus outbreak

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:58
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JEFFERSON CITY – The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri.

Local agencies also continue to enroll new participants who may now be income-eligible due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. There are mandatory clinic closures in some areas,

There are mandatory clinic closures in some areas, but a waiver of physical presence removes the need to arrive at the offices in person.

WIC participants may choose from expanded options in a variety of food categories. WIC participants may substitute Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan peanut butters in the same size; substitute medium eggs if large eggs are not available; and purchase quarts and gallons of the same variety of milk to total the number of gallons on their checks. The WIC state agency will cut the maximum quantity printed on checks to allow WIC customers to purchase smaller quantities of food items from multiple retailers for up to the full amount of their food prescription. Per WIC requirements, retailers must allow WIC participants to buy the full amount of items on their check, if available in the store, and should not be held to quantity limits. WIC participants may also inquire about the possibility of ordering formula from an authorized pharmacy for later pickup within the same month if formula is not available in their immediate area. More information is available at wic.mo.gov to

More information is available at wic.mo.gov to locate their local agency’s phone number or by calling 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465).