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Health Department
Health and Community Services
43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI 48043
(586) 469-5235

Contact: John Cwikla

Phone: 586-463-3523

Email: cwikla@macombgov.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 15, 2020

Macomb County Health Department Continues to Provide Much Needed Access to WIC Program

Despite the broad impact of COVID-19, the Macomb County Health Department continues to provide eligible residents access to the federal government’s Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) benefits through the use of virtual and drive-up service delivery strategies.

The WIC program provides no-cost healthy foods, infant formula and support services to families enrolled in the program. In addition, WIC provides nutrition education, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, and referrals to community programs and offerings. Foods that are available through the WIC program are chosen because of their nutrition content and their impact on the health, growth, and development of women during pregnancy and after, and for children 0-5 years of age.

“We’re proud to continue to provide access to WIC benefits to eligible families, especially during these challenging times,” said William Ridella, director/health officer of the Macomb County Health Department, “We understand that many county residents’ income may have been affected by recent events, and may benefit from this program. If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, or have an infant or child under the age of five, you may be qualified to receive WIC services, and we encourage to contact us and enroll in this valuable program.”

To enroll, interested applicants should contact the WIC office at (586) 469-5471 or wic@macombgov.org.  Experienced staff will perform an initial screening to check for WIC eligibility and a phone call appointment is given to complete the application and verify eligibility. WIC benefits are made available to eligible participants through a new WIC EBT card that can be picked up via curbside pickup and a WIC app that makes it easy to access benefits electronically.

Since the end of February 2020, the Macomb County Health Department, along with Community First Health Centers – the two WIC agencies in Macomb County – have seen an increase of about 400 new families. Together, the two agencies combined served a total of 14,000 participants as of the end of April.

About the Macomb County Health Department
In partnership with the communities we serve, the mission of the Macomb County Health Department is to protect the health and well-being of all who live, work, and play in Macomb County. We pursue our mission by providing a wide range of programs and services that are delivered by Environmental Health Services, Family Health Services, Community Health Planning and Promotion, and our Disease Prevention and Control program. For more information, visit: https://health.macombgov.org/Health-Home.

 

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43525 Elizabeth Road, Mount Clemens, MI, 48043

http://health.macombgov.org/

General Media Inquires - please contact John Cwikla at 586-463-3523