The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources took steps this week to guarantee the continuation of the assistance offered through the state’s WIC program during the COVID-19 pandemic by renewing waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture.
According to a statement form the W.Va. DHHR, “The waivers from the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service will allow current WIC participants and eligible families to be certified, obtain benefits and receive nutrition and breastfeeding education virtually as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.”
As explained on the DHHR’s website, “The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has been improving pregnancies and preparing kids to learn for 40-years. The program provides nutrition counseling, parenting advice, breastfeeding support, food assistance and referrals to help you and your family live a happy life.
WIC is a short-term program designed to help everyone in your family. WIC provides services to married and single parents (working and not working), and fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents or legal guardians residing with a child under the age of five.”
All WIC clinics in West Virginia have remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, and are following guidelines set forth by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“The challenges of the pandemic have not prevented the West Virginia WIC Program from providing vital services,” said Heidi Staats, director of the Office of Nutrition Services. “The WIC Program has adapted to ensure service continues, while also prioritizing the safety and well-being of staff and participating families.”
Those interested in learning more about West Virginia’s WIC program should call 304-558-0030, or visit dhhr.wv.gov/wic.