Remote WIC Services Allow for More Participation
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic WIC (Women Infant Children) program services will continue to offer phone visits through September 30, 2020.
While the rules normally require in-person meetings, a congress-issued waiver allows WIC to enroll new applicants, provide nutrition education and breastfeeding support, and issue food benefits by phone or video chat. Since WIC started offering remote services, program participation grew by about 4 percent and the rate of missed appointments dropped from 15 percent to almost zero.
“This pandemic has disproportionately affected low-income families,” Heather McCrory, WIC Supervisor, 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.”
Washington WIC also expanded the list of allowed foods to give families more choices. Participants now shop for WIC foods using a WIC card, which makes shopping easier. The WIC Shopper App is another new tool that helps WIC families pick out the right foods. The app has parenting tips and recipes that are great for all young families, not just those on WIC.
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 people, new and breastfeeding moms, infants, and children under five. Most pregnant people and young children on Medicaid or Basic Food (SNAP) qualify for WIC services.
Families interested in learning more about WIC can visit www.yvfwcwic.org or call 1-855-942-4622.