Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Turns 40 and Delaware County Offices
Invite Families to Learn About the Program
Delaware County WIC Program
Provided through Crozer-
Keystone Health System
Chester, Pa – Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is celebrating their 40th birthday nationally, and locally the Delaware County WIC program through Crozer-Keystone has planned multiple community outreach efforts to educate local families on the comprehensive services available for moderate to low-income families. The Delaware County WIC program has offices in Chester (2600 West 9th Street), Springfield (1260 East Woodland Avenue, Suite 211) and Upper Darby (1 South State Road). For more information on how to utilize the services available through this program, call (610) 497-7660 or visit http://wicwins.crozerkeystone.org.
The Delaware County WIC program assists Pennsylvania residents with nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and healthcare referrals. Applicants qualify that have a medical or nutritional risk, who have a household gross income less than 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines, and who fall into one of the following categories:
- Pregnant women
- Women who have given birth within the last six months
- Women who are breastfeeding infants under twelve months of age
- Infants and children, including foster children, up to their 5th birthday
Filomena Ahlefeld, WIC Director, commented, “This year is special as we celebrate the 40th anniversary nationally, and we look forward to increasing our outreach to the local community. There are unfortunately too many women and entire families in financially challenging situations, and we are here to help those that we can.” The community outreach events for local families to attend include:
- April 26, Lansdowne YMCA Healthy Kids Day, 2110 Garrett Road, Lansdowne, 1:30-4:30 p.m.
- June 4, WIC Open House, Springfield Clinic, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- June 11, WIC Open House, Chester Clinic, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- June 18, WIC Open House, Upper Darby Clinic, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
- September 4, WIC 40th Birthday Party, Chester Clinic, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- September 9, WIC 40th Birthday Party, Springfield Clinic, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
- September 11, WIC 40th Birthday Party, Upper Darby Clinic, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
The 40-year history of WIC has included many noteworthy accomplishments that include improving overall health outcomes for mothers and their children. Numerous studies show that WIC is effective in helping to ensure a successful full-term pregnancy by reducing results such as premature births, low and very low birth-weight babies, fetal and infant deaths, and the incidence of low-iron anemia. WIC also has increased access to prenatal care earlier in pregnancy and access to regular healthcare in general for both the mothers and their children.
An enhanced WIC food package was released in 2009 and now includes infant jarred foods, fruits and vegetables, soy products, and whole grains. PA WIC is funded by USDA. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.