Proper nutrition is especially important for older and younger individuals who are more susceptible to illness due to their weaker immune systems. More people have access to fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally grown goods since the Culver Farmers’ Market can now accept WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program vouchers. Continue reading
Families who participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program will now have an easier time shopping for approved grocery items. Indiana health officials say programs in all 92 counties are now using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards instead of paper checks. Continue reading
Several Starke County charities are benefiting from grant money from the Starke United Fund. These type of grants are made possible through a partnership with Starke United and the Starke County Community Foundation. There was $20,000 available that was split up among the various local organizations. Continue reading
The Marshall County Health Department will be doing more to promote breastfeeding programs and support in the community due to a state mandate.
Annette Osborn from the health department explained to the Marshall County Council this week that a part-time WIC employee will need to increase work hours by four hours per week due to the new mandate for breastfeeding education.
Starke County’s WIC office is moving to a new location. They’re relocating from 17 to 15 North Main Street in Knox. Program officials say the move will save the county money, as the $600 monthly rent for the new site includes utilities. WIC provides nutrition assistance to expectant and new mothers and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk and meet income guidelines.
The WIC office in Knox is still open despite the government shutdown.
WIC officials encourage you to call your lawmakers and tell them how important WIC services are to you and your family. Call Senators Dan Coats and Joe Donnelly at 1-866-456-8824. Enter the zip code and you will be directed to your representative’s office.
The SCILL Center staff and students are collecting coats for children and adults this holiday season.
“Anybody that has a good, used coat that they’d like to drop off, rather than take to Goodwill or put in a yard sale, you may donate it during this coat drive,” said SCILL Center Instructor, Mark Anderson. “In Knox, you can drop them off at Community Services of Starke County, Davis Auto, Integrity Skill in the Knox Mall, Starke United, or the WIC office. In North Judson, you can drop them off at Love INC., Bailey’s, or there’s a box at the North Judson Plaza. When we accumulate all of the coats, we’re going to take them to the Knox Schools and they have names of people throughout the community and a lot of students that need these coats and they’re going to disburse them. We’d like to try and end the program on December 5th.”
For more information, call (574) 772-8001.