LIVINGSTON COUNTY — According to a Press release from Livingston County Administrator, Ian Coyle, the local WIC program is continuing to function because of funding from the New York State Department of Health.
Coyle states that despite the federal government shutdown and the national news headlines regarding WIC funds being halted, local WIC programs are open and operating as usual at this time. The New York State Department of Health, which administers the program in New York, has stated that WIC programs in the state will continue to serve participants until further notice.
Over 1,400 financially eligible women, infants, and young children participate in the Livingston/Wyoming WIC program each month. In addition to vouchers for nutritious foods such as milk, eggs, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, families receive nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referral services for critical medical and social services such as health care, domestic violence programs, early intervention, etc. WIC also provides specialized infant formulas for critically ill infants.
WIC is an important public health program serving vulnerable families at critical times in their lives. For more information regarding the Livingston/Wyoming WIC Program, call
the Livingston County Department of Health at 243-7530 or 1 (877) 273 – 1873.