January 8, 2018 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: Upcoming Holidays
SUBJECT 2: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses
SUBJECT 1: Upcoming Holidays. The WIC state agency will be closed and there will be no MOWINS Help Desk coverage on January 15, 2018.
SUBJECT 2: Lactation Support Mini-Grant for Businesses. The Missouri Breastfeeding Friendly Worksite Program is a statewide initiative to increase employer support for breastfeeding mothers. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) is offering up to $500 to a limited number of Missouri employers to create or improve their lactation support policies and programs. For example, funds may be used for locks on doors, privacy screens or partitions, comfortable chairs, tables or other flat surfaces to hold a breast pump, or signs. To be eligible to receive a mini-grant, the employer must submit their breastfeeding support policy, which must be in compliance with the breastfeeding support requirements from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Please let employers in your area know that this grant is available. Assisting businesses in becoming Breastfeeding Friendly Worksites is an important way that WIC local agencies can support breastfeeding mothers. To apply, please complete the attached application and budget, and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1, 2018. Please call 573-522-2820 with any questions.