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Residents should avoid hoarding grocery items that are important for local families
Contact: Whitney Horner, Summit County WIC Director, 668-9199
SUMMIT COUNTY – Many Coloradans are concerned about access to healthy food for pregnant women and children under 5 years old who are served by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). There are more than 80,000 people who shop for WIC foods each month in our state, and these families are facing the same challenges as everyone else in finding certain foods and products on grocery shelves at all times.
WIC provides specific foods to help clients meet their nutritional needs. Families who cannot find that food have limited options to substitute other items. Concern stemming from this situation has led to grassroots efforts encouraging people to avoid shopping at the beginning of the month or not buy WIC-authorized foods to help the families who are looking for them. This can be difficult, as items are not always labeled “WIC” on the shelf.
COWIC (the state health department WIC program for Colorado) recognizes this challenge for all families who seek to purchase healthy staples. To date, COWIC has:
Whitney Horner, our local Summit County WIC Director tells that Summit County WIC is currently serving over 240 participants and the program has been enrolling new participants daily.
“Summit County WIC participants are our neighbors, our friends, and our fellow community members,” Horner said. “We are all navigating unprecedented times and it is up to all of us as individuals to be mindful at the grocery store. Please avoid stockpiling items, such as infant formula, to ensure that all shoppers are able to purchase the products their households need.”
COWIC-authorized food list
COWIC Website Alerts page with the most recent updates including shopping tips in English and Spanish (additional languages in production).
For additional information, please contact:
Heidi Hoffman, Colorado WIC Director
Whitney Horner, Summit County WIC Director