The county-based program supporting mothers and their children meet their nutritional needs is celebrating 40 years of service. WIC- Women, Infants, and Children provides new mothers and children up to five years of age with food subsidies and nutrition education. WIC Senior Nutritionist , Debra Wilson, says WIC has come a long way in 40 years.
WIC adjusts it services and subsidies as new information through research becomes available.
Wilson says that there are approximately 1700 breast feeding mothers and children through age 5 that receive WIC benefits.
WIC is not food stamps, but it is a supplemental program that strictly serves low income mothers and children.
Families may also be eligible for other government assistance. The common message of quality nutritional purchases is shared by all programs.
Since 40 years is a significant milestone WIC programs statewide have been celebrating in a variety of methods.
Eductaion is a major function of the Nevada County WIC program. Wilson says there is a menu of classes.
Wilson says all of the support reflects the same positive and healthy nutrition messages heard throughout the community.