March 13 - 17, 2006 WIC Update

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SUBJECT: Fit WIC Missouri
SUBJECT: Suggestions for the High Risk Nutrition Care Plan Forms
SUBJECT: FNS Community & Faith Contacts - FSP Outreach Tool Kits
SUBJECT: Missouri WIC Income Guidelines April 1, 2006- March 31, 2007
SUBJECT: Surge Protectors
SUBJECT: 2006 Client Services Enhancement Grants Successful Applicants

  1. Several months ago your agency may have received a letter, mini-compact disc (CD), and instructions from USDA's Food and Nutrition Information Center in Maryland. The Food and Fun for Families mini-CD is a gallery of materials that ma ny states developed from the Fit WIC childhood overweight prevention initiative funded by the Food and Nutrition Service in FY1999.

    The resource packet, Food and Fun for Families, is also available on-line through the WIC Works website, at USDA WIC Works Resource System The resource promotes family me als, active play, along with fruit, vegetable and water consumption for WIC participants.

    Given the success of the national Fit WIC project, the Missouri WIC Program is taking steps to implement “Fit WIC Missouri.” Five pilot LWPs will develop local initiatives for preventing childhood overweight and provide feedb ack on program plans. All LWP’s will be encouraged to participate in Fit WIC Missouri beginning FFY 07. Look for more information about Fit WIC Missouri in future Monday e-mails and regular mail, or contact Rita Arni at rita.arni@health.mo.gov.
  1. The State WIC office plans to revise the High Risk Nutrition Care Plan forms: WIC 53 (Women) and WIC 54 (Infants/Children). We would like to have input from local WIC providers. If your agency has any suggestions on these forms and/or sample forms developed, please e-mail D'Anne Ward at D'Anne.Ward@health.mo.gov or fax information to 573-526-1470 by March 17, 2006.
  2. Food Stamp Program Outreach Tool Kits are now available on the FNS web site. FNS Undersecretary Eric Bost announced the availability of these tool kits on February 26 at the 2006 FRAC/America’s Second Harvest National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Two tool kits are available: one is tailored for State and Local Food Stamp Offices, and the other is tailored for Community and Faith-Based Organizations.

    What are the tool kits?
    The toolkits are handy all-in-one packets of ideas, templates, and resources for conducting effective food stamp outreach. Outreach providers can select, customize, and print materials to help them conduct successful outreach campaigns.

    How do the tool kits differ?
    The Community Faith-Based tool kit contains a "How To" media outreach section. Since State agencies have Public Affairs Offices that handle media, these materials were not included in the State tool kit.

    Additional items to be added:
    The tool kits will also contain a video highlighting the Hunger Champions Program as well as CD ROMS that contain the templates and resource materials. Since the files are so large, FNS is working on adding these to the website.

    The kits can be accessed at this web address:
    http://www.fns.usda.gov/fsp/outreach/tool-kits.htm#State_

    Next Steps:
    An audio training session will be added to the web site in the next few months. Individuals can then take the training course, if needed, to learn more about the tool kits.
    Limited printed versions of the kit will be available in May. We will keep you updated as to their availability.

    Please share this information with your community partners. If you have any questions, please contact me.

    Thanks,
    Elizabeth Kielian
    Program Specialist & Outreach Coordinator
    Food Stamp Program
    USDA Food and Nutrition Service
    Mountain Plains Region
    (303) 844-0347
  1. Missouri WIC Income Guidelines April 1, 2006- March 31, 2007
    The new income guidelines to use beginning April 1, 2006 are attached. These are draft guidelines pending approval from USDA. If you have questions contact Mark D avis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 1-800-392-8209.
  2. On March 1, 2006 we sent a special e-mail informing you that you will soon receive one surge protector/backup battery unit for each WIC computer. The surge protector/backup battery units have been shipped from the warehouse and you sh ould have received yours by now. If you have not received them yet, please contact Mark Davis, Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 1-800-392-8209.
  3. There were 85 applicants for the 2006 Client Services Enhancement funding. We were able to fund at least part of each proposal bring the total awarded to more than $890,000. Local WIC Providers receiving the funding include: Adair (Northeast Community Action Corp.), Andrew, Audrain, Barry, Barton, Benton, Bollinger, Butler, Caldwell, Carroll, Carter, Cass, Cedar, Chariton, Christian, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Columbia/Boone, Crescent Clinic, Dallas, Davies, Dent, Family Care Health Cent ers, Gasconade-Osage, Grace Hill Neighborhood Health Centers Inc., Grundy, Henry, Holt, Howell, Iron, Jefferson-Franklin Community Action Corp, Laclede, Lawrence, Lincoln, Livingston, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDonald, Mississippi, Monroe, Morgan, New Madr id, Newton, Nodaway, Oregon, Ozark, Pemiscot, People's Health Centers, Perry, Pettis, Phelps/Maries, Pike, Platte, Polk, Pulaski, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Reynolds, Saline, Samuel Rodgers Health Center, Schuyler, Scotland, Scott, Shelby, Springfield, St C harles, St Clair, St Joseph-Buchanan, St Francois, St Louis County, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Stone, Swope, Taney, Texas, TriCounty (Worth, Grant City Satellite), Truman Med Center Hospital Hill, Truman Med Center Lakewood, Washington, Wayne, and Wright. Congratulations to the awardees. We are looking forward to working with you on your new projects. If you have questions: Kathleen.Davis@health.mo.gov.