Congress Extends WIC Benefit Bump Through December 2021
The House and Senate have passed the continuing resolution extending WIC's fruit and vegetable cash value benefit through December 2021. The increased CVB was introduced in June 2021 and was scheduled to end in September. Thanks to the National WIC Association's Extend The WIC Bump campaign, the increase has been extended.
Effective October 1, 2021, Congress has changed the Cash Value Benefit from $35 to $24 for children, $43 for pregnant and non-BF and $47 for BF. This will be seen in your benefits for October, November and December soon.
Fruits and Vegetable CVB Increase Survey
The increased fruits and vegetable CVB is ending after September, but we want to know your thoughts. Please take a moment to fill out this quick survey regarding how the CVB increase affected your family.
WIC will be opening in August; fully in September
July 2, 2021
With COVID-19 restrictions lifting, MCHD WIC offices will be reopening at 25% capacity on Aug. 1, 2021. Beginning in August, the 25% in person appointments will be reserved for new WIC participants and their initial appointments.
Then, beginning Sept. 1, the offices will be operating at 100% capacity, and all MCHD WIC appointments will be in person. MCHD WIC serves Monongalia, Marion, Harrison, Preston, Doddridge and Taylor counties.
WIC participants are pregnant women, women breastfeeding an infant up to the infant’s first birthday, postpartum women up to six months after delivery or end of pregnancy, infants and children up until their fifth birthday. They also must meet income guidelines.
Foster children meeting the age guidelines automatically qualify.
For more information, call 304-598-5181.
New WIC guidelines released
Posted July 2, 2020
The federal government has released the new income guidelines for participants of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). A family with a household of two can make $23,606 and still qualify. Other family sizes and incomes: two, $31,894; three, $40,182; four, $48,470; five, $56,758; six, $65,046; seven, $73,334; eight, $81,622. After that, add $8,288 for each additional family member. Monongalia County Health Department's WIC program operates in Monongalia, Preston, Marion, Harrison, Doddridge and Taylor counties. Pregnant and breastfeeding women and children up to the age of 5 are eligible for food packages and nutritional counseling. WIC also offers free breastfeeding classes, even for non-clients. Anyone who qualifies who wants to be a WIC client can call 1-800-675-5181. More information for individual counties can be found on this website under the WIC drop-down menu on the home page, monchd.org.
Harrison County WIC
has moved to Bridgeport
Harrison County's WIC office has moved from Clarksburg to Bridgeport.
The new address is 103 East Main St., across from Almost Heaven Desserts.
The new number is 304-848-9680.
To get to the new location, take exit 119 off I-79 and head east toward downtown Bridgeport for about two miles. The new office is on the right.
New WIC Food List
As of October 1st, 2018, the WIC approved food list was updated to include yogurt, corn tortillas, 20 and 24 ounce loaves of bread, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, and a few other additions. Stop by your local WIC office to pick up a new Shopping Guide, or use the app to find the new items!
Books for 4 year old children!
Be sure to bring your four year old child in to receive one of a variety of books at their WIC appointment!
WIC has a special gift to help celebrate your three year old's birthday!
Monongalia County Health Department WIC wants to help you celebrate your child's third birthday and keep promoting their healthy eating habits! We are gifting MyPlate dinnerware sets to children who are turning or have recently turned three. Each set features a plate with four sections for each food group, a cup, a utensil set with travel case, and a two-sided healthy eating and activity placemat. Ask your WIC nutritionist for more information.
Mon County WIC and MCHD Dentistry are partnering to promote healthy teeth!
The American Dental Association recommends every child visit the dentist by one year of age. If your child has not yet visited the dentist, make an appointment with MCHD Dentistry at (304)-598-5108. Receive a Happy Teeth book at your one-year-old's WIC appointment!
WIC Shopping Simplified
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a newly designed immunization website for parents.
Parents can learn about vaccines needed for their child's age, how to make vaccine visits less stressful, immunization records and requirements. They can download easy to read immunization schedules, use an interactive immunization scheduler and view CDC educational resources. Visit the website at www.CDC.gov/vaccines/parents.
Monongalia, Marion, and Preston County WIC clients are eligible for free entry at The Spark! Imagination and Science Center by showing our eWIC card.
The Spark! Imagination and Science Center has puppets, science experiments, dress-up, and much more for you and your kids to explore. Monongalia, Marion, and Preston County WIC clients can get free admission for adults and up to 6 kids. Simply bring your eWIC card to the center for your free admission!
The Spark! Imagination and Science Center was previously known as the Children's Discovery Museum of West Virginia. The center is still located in the Mountaineer Mall at 5000 Greenbag Road. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-1pm.