The federal government may have shut down, but WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Nutritional Program) in Illinois, and specifically at Egyptian Health Department, is able to continue to serve WIC participants until further notice.
“We have every intention of keeping our doors open until we are instructed by the State of Illinois to do otherwise. We are turning no participants away, and they will be able to cash in their vouchers as they are accustomed to doing,” stated Jamie Byrd, Director of Public Health at Egyptian Health Department.
The WIC food vouchers are of utmost importance to participants’ families in many cases. With the cuts in SNAP benefits many families are dealing with, the vouchers become even more critical to be able to put food on the table for their children.
Through the WIC Program, participants receive sound nutritional advice during pregnancy, postpartum, breastfeeding, and for their children up to age 5. Another aspect of the WIC program is making critical referrals to medical and social services, as well as assisting clients with issues such as domestic abuse, and smoking cessation.
WIC services also provide other benefits such as decreasing infant mortality, improving birth outcomes, increasing breastfeeding rates, improving the overall health of women and children, and the vouchers contribute to the local economy.
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact your local office of Egyptian Health Department: Saline Co. 618-273-3326, White Co. 618-382-7311 or Gallatin Co. 618-272-4691 or 618-269-3454.