Inter-Tribal Council is currently asking the community for suggestions to improve the WIC program as the yearly plan of operation is being developed and sent in for review.

MIAMI – The Inter-Tribal Council, Inc, WIC (Women Infants and Children) program has been in existence since 1985, located in Miami and serving nearly 1,000 people each month. WIC is a supplemental food assistance and nutrition education program funded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) division.

The purpose of the WIC program is to provide supplemental foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk. Eligible persons are given checks which provide foods which are rich in iron, whole grains, vitamins, minerals, protein, calcium and other nutrients needed during critical stages of life. Women and children participants will also receive a cash value voucher to be used for the purchase of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The value can range anywhere between $8.00 for each child and $11.00 for women.

Along with food, the WIC program also provides nutrition education which can easily be applied into a normal diet. The program is hoping to improve the participants eating habits and nutritional status, and hopefully improve their health and well-being for the rest of their lives. Programs such as WIC are successful because they save millions of dollars in medical expenses down the line.

Not only does the WIC program provide healthy foods and nutrition education, but there is also a breastfeeding peer counselor on staff. This service includes in-office, hospital and home visit consultations. The peer counselor, along with the entire WIC staff, encourages all pregnant women to breastfeed and supports them from the time they are in the hospital until they decide to stop. The ITC WIC program also has breast pumps available to women who qualify.

If breastfeeding is not an option, WIC does provide formula and is in an open market system. ITC WIC is able to provide any formula that a physician prescribes, however, for special formula a detailed prescription is required.

ITC WIC is currently asking the community for suggestions to improve the WIC program as the yearly plan of operation is being developed and sent in for review. If you have any suggestions on how WIC could be a better program, please feel free to call program director Rhonda Harrison at 918-919-4050, or e-mail at rhonda_harrison@itcwic.com.

If you are interested in program eligibility requirements or to make an appointment, please call 918-919-4050. The WIC office is open Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to Noon, and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to Noon. A Spanish language interpreter is available 7 days per week.

The ITC WIC program and USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider. Program benefits are available to all eligible people, no matter their race, age, sex, color, national origin or handicap.