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WIC

The Samuel Rodgers WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children) is designed to provide healthy food and nutrition education to women at their children.

The Rodgers Health WIC Program (Women, Infants and Children) is designed to provide healthy food and nutrition education to women at their children. It’s just one more way we nurture healthy families.

You may qualify for WIC services if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an infant younger than 12 months or a child younger than age five. To be eligible, you must meet income guidelines and be in need of nutritional education. (How can they find out if they are eligible?)

The WIC program can help your family with supplemental foods, nutritional counseling and referrals to other health programs.


Food vouchers

WIC participants are issued food vouchers for local grocery stores, and items include:

  • Milk

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

  • Whole grain bread or tortillas

  • Hot or cold cereal

  • Beans

  • Peanut butter

  • Fruit juice

  • Fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables

  • Formula, infant cereal and baby food (for infants)


Breastfeeding

Research has shown that there is no better food than breast milk for a baby’s first year of life. With many health, nutritional, economic and emotional benefits, breastfeeding can help your baby thrive. As part of our commitment to healthy families, we’re pleased to offer breastfeeding support services at Samuel Rodgers. In fact, our WIC program was awarded the “Breastfeeding Friendly” site distinction by the Missouri Department of Health in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

To help breastfeeding moms meet their goals, we are pleased to offer:

  • Breastfeeding education and support

  • Breastfeeding classes

  • Lactation consulting to help with special issues and concerns

  • Electric breast pumps: You may qualify to borrow or keep a high quality Medela electric breast pump for the duration of breastfeeding.

  • Nursing bras for those who qualify

  • 24-hour breastfeeding hotline for questions and support (816.719.2236 in Jackson County; 816.728.0904 in Lafayette County)

  • Breastfeeding peer counseling program: Mothers with breastfeeding experience and expertise share their knowledge so you can be confident in your decision to breastfeed.

PRENATAL BREASTFEEDING CLASSES

Available in several languages, peer counselors teach classes before you deliver your baby, so you’re prepared for breastfeeding success.

  • Infant feeding class: Learn about the advantages of breastfeeding over formula feeding (in English — Mondays at 2:30 pm; in Spanish — Mondays at 3:30 pm)

  • Best Start class: Learn how to start breastfeeding, create a good milk supply and what to expect in your baby’s first few days (in English — Tuesdays at 10 am; in Spanish — Fridays at 3 pm)

  • Breastfeeding social group Healthy Start Club: Meet and connect with other breastfeeding moms (Tuesdays at 2 pm) (Should all of these be on the events page)

 

The WIC program at the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, serves an average of 3,200 participants each month. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, the Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (866) 632-9992 (voice) or (202) 260-1026 (local). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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