Galena and Oswego will soon have WIC clinics

COLUMBUS - The Cherokee County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will be opening two new WIC clinic locations in January.

The new clinics will be located in Galena and Oswego, and will be open twice a month. This will increase the frequency that WIC services are available in both Cherokee and Labette counties.

"We are hopeful that by offering WIC services in more towns, that people who previously had trouble getting to our WIC locations, will be better able to participate in the program," said Program Administrator, Betha Elliott.

In the past, Cherokee County WIC Program provided services for Cherokee, Labette and Montgomery counties. Recently, Montgomery County Health Department began to provide WIC services for areas in and around Independence and Coffeyville. This change resulted in days being available to open up additional clinics in Cherokee and Labette counties. People wishing to apply for the program or inquire about the new locations can call the Cherokee County Health Department at 620-429-3338 or 1-888-405-5323.

"Both of the new locations will be at places that already offer ministry services and food banks to their community," Elliott said. "We are thrilled to be partnering with them."

The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program is a focused on providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support and prescribed supplemental foods to help participants meet nutrition goals. Participants must be a child under five years of age, or a woman who is pregnant, delivered within the past six months, or is breastfeeding her infant under one year of age. There are also additional requirements of Kansas residency and household incomes. For more information contact Brenda Clugston, Administrative Assistant, at hd@cherokeecountyks.org.