September 18, 2017 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: Providing WIC Services for Evacuees from Disaster Areas
SUBJECT 2: Change in Homeless Food Package

JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk - Platte County Health Department
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - City of St. Joseph Health Department


SUBEJCT 1: Providing WIC Services for Evacuees from Disaster Areas. The recent flooding and hurricanes in other states have prompted some evacuees to seek emergency housing in Missouri. Attached to this week’s WIC Update you will find detailed information in the document, “Guidance for Providing WIC Services to Disaster-Related Evacuees.” Questions on providing WIC services to disaster-related evacuees may be directed to Susan Hatton at the WIC State Agency at (573) 526-7706.

SUBJECT 2: Change in Homeless Food Package. A Homeless Individual is a woman, infant, or child who lacks a fixed and regular nighttime residence, whose primary nighttime residence is a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter (including a welfare hotel, a congregate shelter, or a shelter for victims of domestic violence) designated to provide temporary living accommodation or has been displaced due to a disaster. On the “Demographics” tab in MOWINS the “Homeless” checkbox must be checked when a participant meets the definition of homeless. This insures correct risk factor assignment.

After conducting a survey of local agencies, it was determined that most participants meeting this definition have access to a refrigerator and do not need shelf stable food items. For this reason, on Friday, September 22nd the default homeless package will be changed to the standard food package for each participant category. Food packages can be tailored for those participants who need powdered milk, no eggs, or other changes due to their living situation. Refer to ER# 2.08100 Guidelines for Food Issuance: Homeless Women, Infants, and Children for options when tailoring a homeless food package. If you have questions, please contact your district nutritionist.

WIC Positions

JOB POSTING: WIC Clerk - Platte County Health Department. Platte County Health Department WIC is seeking a WIC Clerk. This position is responsible for helping to determine eligibility of WIC participants by performing income assessment, and obtaining and entering participant information. Other duties include but are not limited to answering phones, scheduling, and basic office duties. Strong customer service skills are required. This position requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Office, computer, and WIC experience preferred. Position is available for 5 days a week, full time (40 hrs./week). Please mail or fax cover letter and resume to:

WIC Coordinator
Platte County Health Department
1201 East Street
Parkville, Mo 64152
Fax: 816-587-6028

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer

JOB POSTING: Nutritionist - City of St. Joseph Health Department. This position assists with administering the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, while following the policies and procedures established by the federal and state government. The Nutritionist will also provide nutrition and breastfeeding counseling for the participants. No supervisory responsibilities; limited budgetary responsibilities. Minimum qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in a nutrition related field with at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition; including at least one course in Diet Therapy and one course in Community Nutrition. For more information, and to apply online, visit our website at A transcript, cover letter, and resume must be submitted with the application.

The City of St. Joseph Health Department is an equal opportunity employer.