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Program helps provide babies and young children a healthy start to life, open Tuesdays and Thursdays

Clackamas County's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program relocated to the Canby Public Library on Oct. 3.

The library is part of the city's central downtown in a location near public transit. It offers story time, a play area and bilingual books. Literacy goody bags from Canby Kiwanis will be provided while supplies last.

Clackamas County will be providing WIC services from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday at the library.

The WIC program in Clackamas County helps more than 6,800 women, infants and children annually through nutrition and breastfeeding education, referrals to community resources and access to healthy food. Studies show that WIC participation reduces premature births, infant mortality, low birth weight, anemia and childhood obesity.

Participants receive information about breastfeeding and nutrition in individual appointments and in classes and online. These include lessons on age-appropriate foods, picky eating and other health and nutrition topics. WICShopper is an app that helps families keep track of their food benefits, finds the right foods at the store and provides helpful meal ideas. WIC recipients can download this free app to any smartphone.

The WIC program also benefits the local economy. This past year participants spent more than $2.4 million on healthy foods at local grocery stores and over $45,000 on fresh produce from local farmers.

Fathers and other caregivers, such as grandparents, legal guardians and foster parents can sign up a child they care for depending on their levels of income. Those currently receiving OHP/SNAP/TANF are eligible for WIC benefits. Families who do not receive those services may also quality.

For more information, visit the Canby Library at canbylibrary.org or Clackamas WIC at clackamas.us/publichealth/wic.html. You can also visit Oregon State University Extension for recipes at https://extension.oregonstate.edu/food/recipes. If you're worried about the Public Charge rule, go to know your rights at oregonimmigrationresource.org/.

Learn more about WIC at www.clackamas.us/publichealth.wic.html or call 503-655-8476 or visit a WIC office near you.


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