November 9, 2009 WIC Update

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SUBJECT 1: POLICY UPDATE – Exclusion of Combat Pay from WIC Income Eligibility Determination
SUBJECT 2: Updates on the Translated WIC Resource Items (Printable Version)
SUBJECT 3: The Missouri WIC Approved Fruits and Vegetables (Spanish version)
SUBJECT 4: Lead Away! Video
SUBJECT 5: Letter and Newsletters from Jim DeMaio, Learning Dynamics

  1. POLICY UPDATE – Exclusion of Combat Pay from WIC Income Eligibility Determination:  Congress added to the FY2010 appropriations bill for WIC, an additional income exclusion for combat pay.  Following is guidance we have received from USDA, which must be implemented immediately:

    Combat pay is defined as an additional payment made under Chapter 5 of Title 37 of the United State Code, or as otherwise designated by the Secretary to be excluded, that is received by the household member who is deployed to a designated combat zone.  Combat pay is excluded if it is:

    • Received in addition to the service member’s basic pay;
    • Received as a result of the service member’s deployment to or service in an area that has been designated as a combat zone; and
    • Not received by the service member prior to his/her deployment to or service in the designated combat zone.

    A combat zone is any area that the President of the United States designates by Executive Order as an area in which the U.S. Armed Forces are engaging or have engaged in combat.  As with other types of income commonly received by military personnel (such as the Basic Allowance for Housing or Basic Allowance for Subsistence payments), combat pay received by service members is normally reflected in the entitlements column of the military Leave and Earning Statement (LES). Information regarding deployment to or service in a combat zone may also be available through military orders or public records on deployment of military units.

    Local agencies should continue to count service members, while deployed, as household members for purposes of determining income eligibility for the WIC Program. 

    We will be updating our policy accordingly and sending to USDA for approval.  Until that time, please ensure your staff is excluding combat pay from WIC income eligibility determination.  If you have any questions, please contact your TA staff.

  2. Updates on the Translated WIC Resource Items (Printable Version):  The following items have been translated into 11 languages (Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, and Hmong) and are being re-formatted to letter size (8.5” x 11”):
    • WIC Approved Food List
    • WIC Approved Fruits & Vegetables Card
    • WIC Approved New Food Poster
    • WIC Food Package Poster
    • Shopping Guide - Buying Fruits & Vegetables
    • Whole Grains Handout
    • Buying Fruit & Vegetables Handout
    • Mom & Baby Food Package Chart
    • Using Evaporated Milk Handout
    • WIC Foods for Moms To Be & Children
    • Get Cookin’ With Beans

    Please visit the website during the next two week for the update.

    If you have any questions, please contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  3. The Missouri WIC Approved Fruits and Vegetables (Spanish version):  The Missouri WIC Approved Fruits and Vegetables brochure (Spanish) is being printed.  The State office will ship this brochure to local WIC providers who use the Spanish version by November 13, 2009.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.
  4. Lead Away! Video:  The Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology has some Sesame Street videos, Lead Away!, that addresses lead poisoning prevention and may be used for WIC nutrition education.  The videos are in VHS format but the clip is also available at http://www.sesameworkshop.org/initiatives/health/lead for downloading and burning to a DVD if you prefer that format.  There are also other resources available at this site.  The child care consultants will also be getting them, so LWPs may want to check with their child care staff first before requesting a copy.  If you would like to request a copy of the video in VHS format, please email Reba Brown at Reba.Brown@health.mo.gov and indicate your agency name, address for shipping, phone number and a contact person.  These are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

  5. Letter and Newsletters from Jim DeMaio, Learning Dynamics:  We will begin including in our WIC Weekly Update a note and newsletter from Jim DeMaio with Learning Dynamics.  For those of you who attended the Missouri WIC Association Workshop the end of October, 2009, a representative from Learning Dynamics presented the opening and the closing remarks.  Attached are the July, September and November WIC Customer Service Tips Newsletters that Learning Dynamics developed.  It appears there will be 6 newsletters per year.  We hope you enjoy them.  If you have questions or concerns please contact your District TA Staff.

Attachments:
Letter from Jim DeMaio - Learning Dynamics
WIC Tips for July 2009
WIC Tips for September 2009
WIC Tips for November 2009