Public Health Division launches new WIC educational website | State

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The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) announced this week the launch of the new Delaware WIC educational website.

The website includes information on nutrition, breastfeeding, and WIC programming for families, covering all stages of pregnancy, postpartum, infancy, and children up to age 5. year. It currently includes a link to information and contact numbers related to the infant formula shortage. The site is accessible at Delaware.WIResources.org.

WIC, also known as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant & Children, is a federal nutrition program designed to help pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well and learn about nutrition.

WIC provides nutritious foods to supplement diets, healthy eating information, breastfeeding support, referrals to health, wellness and social services, and nutrition education.

Delaware’s new WIC site provides evidence-based information on breastfeeding, nutritional feeding practices and information for pregnant women and fathers, officials noted.

The website also has information about the Delaware WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, which begins June 1 and ends October 31. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program materials, located on the site, guide participants on how and where to redeem their $30 Nutrition Voucher provided by the program.

“Delaware is fully committed to the health and well-being of our residents, especially our children,” said outgoing DPH Director Dr. Karyl Rattay. “Good health starts with good nutrition. The launch of the Delaware WIC website comes at a time when it is needed most. Families can learn how to access healthy foods at Delaware Farmers Markets, and they can also get up-to-date information about WIC and its related programs, including breastfeeding and infant formula information.

The new website marks a step change in how the Delaware WIC provides nutrition education materials, officials said. During the pandemic, WIC transitioned from an in-person service provider to a virtual service offering. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unique opportunities to provide WIC services to at-risk women, infants, and children who may not have previously participated in WIC. The waivers allowed WIC to provide services remotely and offered virtual opportunities for nutrition education and breastfeeding support to WIC families. Participants have fully embraced this new model of delivering WIC services to the community, they said.

WIC is one of the nation’s largest federal nutrition programs, serving approximately 6.3 million people nationwide, including about half of all infants born in the United States. WIC supports the short- and long-term health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5.

In fiscal year 2021, the Delaware WIC program served 17,199 participants, including 9,107 participants in New Castle County, 4,353 in Kent County, and 3,739 in Sussex County.

Delawares are encouraged to visit Delaware.WIResources.org or follow Delaware WIC on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube, where they’ll find information about Delaware WIC programs and healthy recipes using WIC-approved ingredients.

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