The West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will hold several enrollment events over the state this summer. (Justin Sullivan | Getty Images)
The state will extend enrollment for the West Virginia Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC program. The state WIC office plans to host enrollment events at upcoming fairs and festivals this summer.
WIC provides food to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age 5. The program also provides nutrition and breastfeeding education.
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources said in a news release Tuesday that along with its summer outreach plans, the program will use an online portal to accept applications as part of “an ongoing effort to modernize services.”
The WIC office’s summer outreach at fairs and festivals will include children’s activities, diaper changing stations and free farmers markets while enrolling eligible families.
“Fairs and festivals are an opportunity for WIC staff to meet families in the community while highlighting the support and public health services available through WIC clinics,” said Jamie Wilkinson, outreach coordinator for the state’s WIC’s Office of Nutrition Services.
Dates listed indicate West Virginia WIC staff presence; some events extend for additional days:
- Marshall County Fair (July 24-30)
- Jackson County Jr. Fair (July 28-29)
- WV Hot Dog Festival (July 29)
- Tri-County Fair (August 3-5)
- Braxton County Fair (August 1-5)
- Berkeley County Youth Fair (August 5-12)
- State Fair of West Virginia (August 10-19)
- Town and Country Days (August 14-19)
- Parkersburg Homecoming (August 18-19)
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