WIC Heads to Market

May 30, 2019

SPOKANE, Wash. – Spokane Regional Health District’s (SRHD) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program staff are excited to again offer checks for clients to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs at several Spokane farmers markets this summer and fall.

“Everyone should have access to nutritious food. It sustains our well-being and makes it possible for us to pursue happy, healthy lives,” said Teresa Kafentzis, SRHD WIC program manager. “But nutritious food is not always available – or affordable – especially for our WIC clients. Farmers markets put fruits and vegetables front and center and create a shopping environment where nutritious foods are not only affordable, but celebrated.”

Checks will be available for pick up starting on June 3, 2019 at SRHD clinics, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Checks may be used through Oct 31, 2019.

The nine markets in Spokane that accept WIC farmers market checks, found at srhd.org/farmersmarkets, are not only helping families locally, they are creating opportunities for small businesses to stimulate local and regional economies. The revenue they generate helps the Spokane community prosper. As the demand for fresh, local food continues to grow, farmers markets are being recognized as important retail anchors for economic commerce.

WIC families can pick up farmers market checks by bringing their WIC folder or identification to their WIC clinic. The checks are in addition to the regular benefits available to WIC participants.

WIC is a federally funded nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC currently has openings available for eligible individuals and families.

Fundamental to providing WIC families with nutrition and breastfeeding education and support are in-depth health assessment appointments. WIC staff personalize nutrition education for each client during the appointment and set achievable goals to make positive health changes. Central to these healthy goals are free healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and whole grains.

Enrolling in WIC is easy, individuals can call or visit any of the six offices. More WIC information can be found as part of an FAQ on the health district’s site, as well as at www.srhd.org. Spokane Regional Health District’s website also offers comprehensive, updated information about Spokane Regional Health District and its triumphs in making Spokane a safer and healthier community. Become a fan of SRHD on Facebook to receive local safety and wellness tips. People can also follow the health district on Twitter @spokanehealth