May 18, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

WIC Now in Permanent Republic Facility

Today the Springfield-Greene County Health Department begins offering WIC services to approximately 250 families at a new, permanent facility, located at 937 E Lindsey in Republic.

The Women, Infants and Children program has been serving Republic clients at a satellite clinic for approximately 18 years, but as the caseload has grown, the need for an expanded, permanent site became apparent.

“We’ve seen the need for WIC services grow tremendously recently, across the entire county” says program coordinator Mary Ellison. “The Republic area is no exception. This permanent facility will allow us to better serve our clients, in order to help them improve their nutritional status and live longer, happier, healthier lives.”

The 1200 square foot office will initially be open Monday and Tuesday mornings and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Hours will be expanded as needed.

“We are so thankful to the Hood United Methodist Church on Walnut Street, where we previously held our clinics,” adds Ellison. “They’ve been so gracious and helpful during the many years we utilized their facility.”

An official grand opening ceremony for the new Republic WIC facility will be held in June.

WIC is a nutrition education and supplemental food program that serves to safeguard the health of eligible women, infants and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk. WIC is designed to improve the nutritional health of pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, infants and children with the goal of improving the overall health of families.

For more information on the Springfield-Greene County WIC program, visit the health department’s Web site at http://www.springfieldmo.gov/health/wic.html or call 417-864-1079.

Media contact: Jaci McReynolds, Public Information Administrator, (417) 874-1205 office; (417) 830-9511 cell

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