State To Hold Public Meeting on WIC Program May 3

The Pennsylvania Department of Health will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 3, 2012, in Downtown Pittsburgh to receive public comments on the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program.  

The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Administrative Office, Investment Building, 6th Floor, 239 Fourth Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Anyone wishing to testify at the meeting may pre-register by calling Bonnie Mellott of the Pennsylvania Health Department’s WIC Program Office at 717-783-1289.  Accommodations can be arranged for people with disabilities who want to attend.

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit written comments by May 31 to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Division of Women, Infants and Children, 2150 Herr Street, 1st Floor, Suite B, Harrisburg, PA 17103-1625.

Comments are invited on all aspects of the WIC Program and will be considered in developing the state’s WIC plan for the 2013 federal fiscal year, October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013.  Community partners, WIC participants and WIC grocery store managers are encouraged to comment on WIC Program operations. 

WIC is a federally funded program that provides food vouchers and nutrition education to income-eligible and medically or nutritionally at-risk pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and children under five, with a special emphasis on reaching and enrolling migrants, the homeless and women in the early months of pregnancy.  

The food vouchers are redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juices, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and many other nutritious foods.

The Allegheny County Health Department manages the WIC Program in Allegheny County.  For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, please call the Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801.  If this number is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, please call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS.

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