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HeHealthy pregnancies and healthy babies, WIC program seeks more participants

The Quantico Women Infants and Children program is waiting for appointments. This waiting room is located in Little Hall and is nursing friendly. (Photo by Jeremy Beale)

Story by Frances Seybold

Marine Corps Base Quantico

The WIC program opened its doors aboard Quantico to military families in September 2012 to ensure families living on or off base no longer had to travel far to receive their necessary supplemental nutrition benefits.
The Supplemental Nutrition Program is for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum, and their infants and children under five years old who meet the WIC Program’s income, residence and nutritional risk requirements.
According to Sandra Welch, WIC registered dietician, pregnant women are at high risk of poor birth outcomes and need a variety of services to ensure they have healthy babies and necessary tools to become good mothers.
Welch worked with WIC overseas while her husband was active duty Air Force.
“The program is vital to new and expecting mothers,” Welch said. “This is a government funded program which military families on and off base can take advantage at no expense to them.”
Quantico’s WIC office currently services approximately 50 families per month aboard base.
Welch said compared to offices such as the Woodbridge office, because the program is available aboard Quantico military families can expect quicker and easier access to the services in a stress free environment.
Participants in the WIC program receive many benefits ranging from individual and group nutrition counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, referrals to other services, nutrition education and monthly food benefits.
These food benefits allow families to purchase specific foods to improve their nutritional intake from the commissary or grocery stores off base.
The food benefits program offers foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, beans, peanut butter, juice, cereal, whole grain foods, fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables, infant formula, baby foods and infant cereal.
“We would love to see more mothers come and take advantage of the program,” Welch said. “We are here to help mothers maintain healthy pregnancies and develop healthy babies.”
Welch believes having more appointments will justify continuing the program on base.
Enrollment in WIC is open to all eligible applicants.
To make an appointment with the Quantico WIC program or to transfer your current WIC enrollment to the Quantico site, call 703-792-7319 to speak with a representative. The program can also be reached by email at pwhdwic@vdh.virginia.gov.
Walk-ins are also accepted for inquiries. The Quantico WIC Office is located in Little Hall as part of the New Parent Support Program and is open Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m.–noon and 1–4 p.m.
Valid Quantico government common access card holders are also eligible for appointments. If you don’t meet the below income guidelines please contact WIC anyway as there are many other programs available.

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