Mother’s Day Breastfeeding Photo Shoot

You should be proud of your breastfeeding journey regardless if you exclusively breastfeed, pump, or maybe you do a little of both; because you work hard to provide the best nutritional health for your children. Our agency’s WIC program has dedicated Breastfeeding Peer Counselors that have a passion for helping moms through their breastfeeding journey. It can sometimes be stressful but some times we just need to take a step back and realize the amazing things our bodies have done during pregnancy and continue to do after childbirth to provide for our children. We are here to support you; you are a super hero and you deserve to have this moment in life captured so that you can treasure it forever.

Our agency has teamed up with Kimberly Chandler Photography once again this year to offer a free photo session for local breastfeeding mothers. These FREE, 15 minute sessions are by appointment only, and mothers will receive 1-2 edited images via digital download. It will be held on Monday, June 1st from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Henry Lay Sculpture Park and limited time slots are available. Make you appointment today by calling Leah Diffey, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor at 573-324-2111 ext. 136.

Want to learn more about our WIC (Women, Infants & Children) program and how it can help? Visit our website here for more information and income guidelines >>>

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eWIC coming this Summer

All WIC agencies will move from providing checks to using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to deliver WIC food benefits. This transition to EBT, referred to as eWIC, will create an easier shopping experience. WIC families will be able to purchase products over multiple trips to the store rather than purchasing everything at one time during the month. For Pike County, Missouri WIC Clients, this update is scheduled to take place by August 2020.

Participants should know these key points regarding the upcoming upgrade to the new card:

  • eWIC card requires a PIN to use benefits for increased security
  • eWIC card will be similar to a debit card for increased privacy
  • Benefits for each household will be on one card, rather than multiple checks, and issued for up to three months at a time for convenience
  • In-store transactions will be quicker
  • WIC food items may be purchased as needed throughout the month, instead of all at one time

 

In addition, there is now a Missouri WIC mobile app for participants:

  • The application will assist participants in identifying WIC-approved food items at the grocery store. The application will allow participants to scan an item’s UPC code to ensure that it is a WIC-approved item before checking out, reducing the need to return an unapproved product to the shelf.
  • The application will feature nutritional information, food preparation tips, and recipes to help WIC participants get the most out of the WIC program.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What is an eWIC card?

An eWIC card holds WIC food benefits that the participant can use at the grocery store.

 

Will SNAP benefits and WIC benefits be on the same card?

No. The eWIC card for the WIC program will be separate from the EBT card for the SNAP program.

 

Will participants still be able to use their checks that were already printed?

Yes. Participants will still be able to use their checks until they run out and should have no reason to switch over to an eWIC card early unless they have a food package change or the checks are stolen.

 

Will the eWIC card be able to have three (3) months’ worth of benefits loaded onto it?

Yes. The eWIC card will have the ability to hold three (3) months’ worth of benefits. Unused benefits will expire in the same way as they do with the current check system. Participants will still have to return to the WIC clinic to receive additional benefits and nutrition education.

 

Will there be one (1) card for all household members on WIC?

Yes. All family members on WIC in the same household will have their benefits on one (1) card. Foster children will receive their own cards. You will use this card at every appointment to add the next set of benefits. The card is not to be used and then thrown away.

 

Who can change the PIN?

Only the authorized representative can change the PIN for an eWIC card.

 

Do participants need to show identification with their eWIC card at the grocery store?

No. Proper identification is not required with the eWIC card at the grocery store. The PIN will be the participant’s identification for using the card.

 

How will the eWIC card work at the store?

The process will be very similar to using a debit or credit card. Participants will shop for their WIC approved items as usual. At checkout, the eWIC card will be inserted into the card reader where WIC approved items will be deducted from the balance of the benefit package on the card. Unused benefits will remain on the card and will expire the last day of the month at midnight.

 

What happens if a participant loses their card?

If a participant loses their eWIC card, it will be placed on the Hot Card List and after a 5-day waiting period the authorized representative will be able to come into the local agency with appropriate proof of identity to get a new one.

 

Will retailers accept checks and eWIC cards?

Yes. With the transition to eWIC, retailers will accept both eWIC cards and checks.

 

Can eWIC cards be used at self-checkout registers?

No. Technology is still under development by retailers.

 

Can participants shop in other states with their Missouri eWIC card?

No. Missouri eWIC cards are ONLY accepted at Missouri authorized WIC retailers.

 

What happens to eWIC cards of foster children when they move to a different household?

The eWIC card should follow the foster child. Each foster child will be assigned an eWIC card of their own. If multiple foster children reside in one household, the authorized representative may label each card with the child’s initials to keep them separated.

 

Can eWIC cards be used at all stores?

No. Missouri eWIC cards can only be used at stores displaying the Missouri eWIC Authorized Retailer decal.

 

What should I do if an item on the WIC Approved Food List does not get deducted from my eWIC card at checkout?

After scanning all items, WIC-approved food items will be deducted from the eWIC card. Check the receipt to ensure the items are correctly deducted before pressing the key to confirm your purchase.

 

What is the WICShopper Application?

WICShopper is a specialized WIC smartphone application. The application will assist participants in identifying WIC-approved food items at the grocery store. The application will allow participants to scan an item’s Universal Product Code (UPC) to ensure that it is a WIC-approved item before checking out. The application will feature nutritional information, food preparation tips, and recipes to help WIC participants get the most out of the WIC program.

 

When will I get my eWIC card?

After your local agency transitions to eWIC, you will receive your eWIC card at your next scheduled appointment. There is no reason to switch over to an eWIC card early unless you have a food package change or your checks are lost or stolen.

 

My partner and I share the shopping in our household.  May we each get a card for the same account?

No. Only one card is assigned per household.

 

Learn more >>>

WIC Press Release

By Tracy Brookshier

April 1, 2020

(Bowling Green), MO – The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. The (Pike County Health Dept.) WIC program will continue to support current participants and to enroll new participants who may now be income-eligible due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Given the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through means of social distancing, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved Missouri’s request to waive the WIC program’s physical presence requirement. Normal clinic operations that require employees, participants, and applicants to physically come into the clinic create an undesirable risk and there are mandatory clinic closures in some areas. A waiver of physical presence removes a requirement that could prevent or impede the provision of essential WIC services to participants under current circumstances. This will be in effect through May 31, 2020, unless extended.

WIC participants may now choose from expanded options in a variety of food categories to help address WIC product shortages that have occurred because of food distribution issues. WIC participants may substitute Jif, Skippy and Peter Pan peanut butters in the same size; substitute a dozen medium, extra-large, jumbo, or brown eggs if large eggs are not available; purchase quarts and gallons of multiple varieties of milk to total the number of gallons on their checks; purchase approved alternate brands of wheat bread if the WIC-approved brands are unavailable; and purchase a wider variety of infant fruits and vegetables. The WIC state agency will decrease 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.

The WIC program is considering other product list expansions at this time to be effective throughout May 31, 2020, unless extended. Per WIC requirements, retailers must allow WIC participants to purchase the full amount of items on their check, if available in the store, and should not be held to quantity limitations. WIC participants may also inquire about the possibility of ordering formula from an authorized pharmacy for later pick-up within the same month if formula is not available in their immediate area.

Pregnant women, new mothers, and families with children from birth through their fifth birthday can learn more about qualifying and enrolling in the Missouri WIC program by visiting the Missouri WIC website at wic.mo.gov to locate their local agency or by calling 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465). Contact the (Pike County Health Dept.) WIC program to find out about program changes due to COVID-19, appointment by phone is needed due to illness, quarantine, or local agency change in operation. 573-324-2111

WIC Program updates services during COVID-19

By Tracy Brookshier, Marketing Coordinator

March 27, 2020

BOWLING GREEN, MO

Pike County Health Department (WIC) will continue to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the program is changing the way services are delivered.

During this unprecedented event, many are finding it difficult to provide nutritional foods for their family. Participating mothers and children will continue to receive nutritional foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support, and referral information for medical services through the free program. Until further notice, Pike County WIC staff will complete appointments remotely. All communication must take place through phone call or email. We may collect proofs and paperwork through digital methods. Office phone is 573-324-2111. Email is WIC@pikecountyhealth.org

We have changed the benefit delivery method in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus while still helping our current and newly eligible clients. We ask that participants call the office so the appointment can take place over the phone. Checks can be sent through mail or given at curbside pickup. This is an effort to reduce face-to-face contact.

Breastfeeding support can take place through phone call (573-470-0223), email (ldiffey@pikecountyhealth.org), or Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PchdBreastfeedingSupportGroup/). Video chat is available through Facebook Messenger. Pump rental is still available and can take place through curbside pickup.

Mothers and their children have a variety of nutritional requirements and the WIC program tailors food options for the individual and focuses on healthy choices. Foods offered through the program are low in sugar and are good sources of recommended nutrients like vitamins A, C and D; iron; protein; and calcium.  Due to product delivery shortages in some Missouri communities, the eligible food categories and specific food products has been expanded statewide through May 31, 2020:

  1. Any fat content of milk is allowable despite the specification on the check.
  2. A variety of name brand Peanut Butters (Jif, Skippy, Peter Pan) are allowed in addition to the store brands.
  3. Medium eggs along with Large are allowed
  4. You may get 2 half gallons of milk in place of the One Gallon allowed on your check.

To stay up-to-date on upcoming food changes, please download the WIC Shopper App (https://ebtshopper.com/) . Recipes and other helpful information can also be found in the App.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are dedicated to helping the community in these difficult times. 573-324-2111

WIC Remains OPEN

By Tracy Brookshier, Marketing Coordinator

March 25, 2020

 

Press Release from Women Infants and Children Program:

Gwen Sullentrup

Local Agency TA and Monitor – Eastern District

Bureau of WIC and Nutrition Services

Section for Healthy Families and Youth

Division of Community and Public Health

Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

PO Box 570   Jefferson City, MO 65102

314-877-2811    Fax:  573-526-1470

Email:  Gwendolyn.Sullentrup@health.mo.gov

 

 

The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, remains in operation in Missouri. Local agencies continue to support current participants and to enroll new participants who may now be income-eligible due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Given the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to control the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through means of social distancing, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has approved Missouri’s request to waive the WIC program’s physical presence requirement. Normal clinic operations that require employees, participants and applicants to physically come into the clinic create an undesirable risk and there are mandatory clinic closures in some areas. A waiver of physical presence removes a requirement that could prevent or impede the provision of essential WIC services to participants under current circumstances.

 

The approval to waive the physical presence requirement includes the ability to defer anthropometric and bloodwork requirements necessary to determine nutritional risk for the period the physical presence waiver is in effect per section 2203(a)(1)(B) of H.R. 6201.

 

Missouri WIC has requested additional waivers to allow WIC local agencies and retailers to better serve current and new WIC participants while limiting exposure and travel for WIC participants and staff. These strategies will help local, state and national efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and will allow WIC participants to receive services if under quarantine. Missouri will act swiftly to implement new strategies for remote service delivery as additional waivers are approved. The current waivers have been approved through May 31, 2020, with an option to request an extension, if needed.

 

WIC participants may now choose from expanded options in a variety of food categories to help address WIC product shortages that have occurred because of food distribution issues. 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 decrease 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. The WIC program is considering other product list expansions at this time to be effective throughout May 31, 2020, unless extended. Per WIC requirements, retailers must allow WIC participants to purchase the full amount of items on their check, if available in the store, and should not be held to quantity limitations. WIC participants may also inquire about the possibility of ordering formula from an authorized pharmacy for later pick-up within the same month if formula is not available in their immediate area.

 

Pregnant women, new mothers, and families with children from birth through their fifth birthday can learn more about qualifying and enrolling in the Missouri WIC program by visiting the Missouri WIC website at wic.mo.gov to locate their local agency’s phone number, or by calling 1-800-TEL-LINK (1-800-835-5465). Contact the local agency to find out about program changes due to COVID-19, or if an appointment by phone is needed due to illness or quarantine.

 

If you have questions regarding Pike County WIC please call our office at 573-324-2111.