WIC program serves local women and children


Meigs Health Matters

By Ashley Lawson - Contributing columnist



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Meigs County Women, Infants, and Children, also known as Meigs County WIC, is a nutritionally based service. Our program is for those in need located in under-served areas. We provide information on nutritious foods and promote healthy eating and breastfeeding. Participants that qualify for our services are women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, and children under the age of five years-old. You must also live in Ohio, meet income guidelines, and have certain health or nutritional risks to qualify.

WIC provides a variety of services including nutrition education and support, referral for health care, breastfeeding education, and immunization screening. One of the most important components for our program is the supplemental foods that we provide. Typically they are based on each person and their specific needs along with WIC guidelines. Some of those foods include; infant formula, milk, cereal, whole-grain foods, fruits, vegetables, and eggs. These foods are available at your local grocery stores such as Powell’s Food Fair and Save-A-Lot. Each participant is able to use their benefits in any Ohio store. Benefits may not be used out of state.

WIC encourages mothers to breastfeed their babies. We advocate normalization of breastfeeding by promoting awareness of its health benefits. All staff members are trained to help guide individuals who chose to breastfeed and help solve any problems that arise.

All participants must be screened to determine eligibility. Once it has been determined that the participant will qualify they are scheduled for an appointment. They will be certified and given nutrition education and provided with information to help them continue to succeed. We also provide referrals to other agencies, such as Help Me Grow in order to help each person receive all the benefits that are available.

Currently WIC has a full staff of six people and a participant caseload of 463. Sherry Eagle, WIC Director; Ashley Lawson, Certifying Clerk; Jenna Roush and Wendy McGee, Certifying Health Professionals; Ellen Mingus, Contract Dietary Consultant; and Kimberly Casci, Breastfeeding Peer-Helper. WIC is also a local Voter Registration Site. Ashley Lawson is the National Voter Registration Act Site Coordinator and can provide more information about registering to vote in Ohio.

There are several ways to find more information about WIC. 1-800-755-4769 is the toll free number you can call to obtain information, but you can also call our local WIC office at 740-992-0392. It is important to note that WIC is not an emergency food source. We take participants by appointment and walk-ins if our schedule can accommodate. The office is open Monday- Thursday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., (administrative duties only).

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Meigs Health Matters

By Ashley Lawson

Contributing columnist

Ashley Lawson is the WIC Clerk with the Meigs County Health Department.

Ashley Lawson is the WIC Clerk with the Meigs County Health Department.