Written By: John DeRousie / Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – The honorary head pin for Oswego County Opportunities’ upcoming Bowl-A-Fun, the Pink Guardian Angel, discovered the many benefits of the WIC program when it stopped by the program’s Fulton site at 701 Hannibal St.
Administered locally through Oswego County Opportunities, the New York State WIC program provides women, infants and children with supplemental food and nutrition education.
The program serves pre-natal, breast-feeding women, post partum women (up to six months) and infants and children up to the age of five.
Eligibility requirements for the WIC program include:
- Income guidelines
- Residency in New York State
- Have a health or nutritional risk
The WIC program is easy to sign up for and provides vital assistance to mothers and their children when they need it the most.
For the convenience of the applicants, OCO maintains 13 sites throughout Oswego County where WIC staff members can meet with the applicants and finalize the enrollment process.
Enrolled participants in the WIC program receive quarterly checks to be used for purchasing the supplemental food products they are eligible to receive.
These products include: milk, cheese, juice, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, beans and dry peas.
Mothers who are breast-feeding may also purchase tuna and carrots as well as additional cheese and juice.
WIC also provides participants with valuable health information and referrals as needed to meet their medical needs and ensure their health.
In addition, WIC offers a peer counseling program that provides prenatal and postpartum support for mothers regarding the benefits of breastfeeding.
Peer advocates, mothers who have previously or are currently breastfeeding, offer the proper education necessary for them to successfully begin breastfeeding.
The Pink Guardian Angel is visiting various OCO sites throughout Oswego County as it reminds community members about OCO’s 10th annual Bowl-A-Fun and the announcement of the winner of the Golden Opportunities raffle that will take place on April 2 at Lakeview Lanes.
A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 28,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County.
The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,000 highly valued volunteers.
As it celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2011, OCO is ‘On A Roll’ helping people, supporting communities and changing lives through building partnerships that improve the quality of life in Oswego County.
For more information, visit www.oco.org