Families with Transportation Issues Benefit from Remote WIC Services
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic WIC (Women Infants Children) program, providing services in Salem, Woodburn, McMinnville, and Newberg will continue to offer all phone visits through September 30, 2020.
While the rules normally require in-person meetings, a congress-issued waiver allows WIC to enroll new applicants, recertify participants, provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and issue food benefits by phone or video chat. After September 30, 2020, most visits will continue by phone, except for enrollment and recertification visits where video or in-person options will be utilized, until the pandemic has ended.
“This pandemic has disproportionately affected low-income families,” Lynnetta Doellefeld, WIC Manager, said. “The pandemic has made transportation even more of an issue. We are able to serve people who have recently experienced more difficulty with transportation, and those who struggled before.”
WIC gives families access to nutritious food and provides health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health and social services. The program provides essential services for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum individuals, infants, and children under five. A household of four qualifies for WIC services if they make $4,040 per month or if an eligible individual receives Oregon Health Plan SNAP, or TANF.
Families interested in learning more about WIC can visit www.saludwic.org or call 1-855-942-9420.