July 13, 2020 WIC Updates
SUBJECT 1: New eWIC Handout Available
SUBJECT 2: New eWIC Outreach Resources
SUBJECT 3: USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Waivers Through September 30, 2020
SUBJECT 4: June wichealth.org Newsletter
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian – People’s Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers
JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers
SUBJECT 1: New eWIC Handout Available. The “Reading Your eWIC Receipt” handout is available to order. The resource is to aid participants in how to read their eWIC receipts and is a great resource to provide during initial eWIC appointments. The handout is available to view on the eWIC Families page under the informational materials tab.
To request copies of the handout please email Anne Strope at firstname.lastname@example.org
SUBJECT 2: New eWIC Outreach Resources. The excitement surrounding eWIC rollout is a great opportunity to boost your WIC outreach activities. On the eWIC Local Agency page under the informational materials tab are social media posts and a promo video to use in the weeks leading up to your rollout date. If you have other ideas for outreach materials and need assistance in putting the material together please contact Anne Strope at email@example.com
SUBJECT 3: USDA Extends WIC COVID-19 Waivers through September 30, 2020. On June 29, 2020, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) released a memo to inform WIC agencies that all currently active waivers were eligible for extension through September 30, 2020 for WIC state agencies that choose to continue operations under such waivers. See the memo here: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/covid-19-waiver-extensions-through-september-2020
The following waivers are extended through September 30, 2020 in Missouri:
- Physical Presence Requirement, (including waiver for anthropometric measurements and blood work)
- Remote Benefit Issuance
- Medical Documentation Extension for Supplemental Foods
- Certification Extension for Children with Food Package IV
- Separation of Duties
- Remote Local Agency Monitoring
Detailed information about USDA’s waiver approval can be found under “WIC Program” near the bottom of the following USDA webpage: https://www.fns.usda.gov/disaster/pandemic/covid-19/missouri
Please note that Missouri did not choose to extend the Food Package Substitution Waiver. Missouri has, however, chosen to continue the expanded food list options that are detailed on the Missouri WIC website here. These food list options were expanded as allowed within current federal regulations and do not require a waiver.
The same requirements and reporting apply to these waivers as was initially required. Please see the Missouri WIC Disaster Plan for information regarding continued implementation of these waivers in the local agency.
Please contact your Technical Assistance staff with any questions related to these waivers.
SUBJECT 4: June wichealth.org Newsletter. Please see the June wichealth.org newsletter. Highlights include:
Fabulous Fruit. Now that summer is here, we have a huge variety of delicious fresh fruits from which to choose! Besides the pure enjoyment, we get so many health benefits from fruits too. They provide nutrients we need for good health, including dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and folate. Instead of juice, focus on whole fruits such as fresh, canned, frozen or dried to get the dietary fiber benefits. We should all be eating 1 ½ to 2 cups of fruit every day. Here are some suggestions for making sure everyone in your family gets enough of this essential and tasty food group:
- Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and are at their peak of flavor.
- Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the counter or in the fridge.
- For breakfast, top your cereal with bananas, berries or peaches. Add berries to pancakes. Mix fresh fruit with yogurt.
- For lunch, pack a tangerine, apple, or grapes. Try a peanut butter and banana sandwich!
- At dinner time, add fruit to your salads. Try some fruit salsa on fish or a burrito.
- Fruits make great snacks! The natural sugar they contain makes them a favorite healthy snack for kids and adults.
- Be a good role model. Set a good example by eating fruit every day.
- Keep fruits safe. Always rinse fruits under running water before preparing or eating them.
Health eKitchen Featured Recipes. Enjoy some of Health eKitchen’s fabulous fruit recipes!
All six recipes are also No Cook.
- Orange and Avocado Salad
- Fire and Ice Watermelon Salad
- Berry Banana Fruit Salad
- Mango Salsa
- Super Fruit and Veggie Popsicles
- Mixed Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie
New Videos for Your Clients. We are excited to announce that we recently completed two new videos for you to share with your clients. This is wichealth is designed to allow you to introduce wichealth to your participants. While Creating Your Client Account is an instructional video and includes screen shots capturing the process of creating an account on wichealth. Both videos are available in English and Spanish and can be played in your waiting room, added to your website, or emailed to clients.
Please contact Kelly Teeple at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to set-up a staff account.
JOB POSTING: Nutritionist/Dietitian – People’s Health Centers. People’s Health Centers WIC Program has an immediate opening for a full time Nutritionist/Dietitian in the WIC program. The candidate must have graduated from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Health Nutrition, Dietetics, Home Economics, or closely related field; including or supplemented by at least fifteen (15) semester hours in food and nutrition including diet therapy and community nutrition. The selected candidate will provide nutrition education to WIC eligible participants and assess their nutritional needs for certification eligibility. Resumes will be accepted by online application to https://peoplesfamilystl.org/careers/
JOB POSTING: Full-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers. People’s Health Centers WIC Program has an immediate opening for a full time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, must have breastfed at least one baby. The selected candidate will provide breastfeeding information and support to WIC eligible participants. Resumes will be accepted by online application to https://peoplesfamilystl.org/careers/
JOB POSTING: Part-Time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – People’s Health Centers. People’s Health Centers WIC Program has an immediate opening for a part time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor in the WIC program. The candidate must have a high school diploma or GED, must have breastfed at least one baby. The selected candidate will provide breastfeeding information and support to WIC eligible participants. Resumes will be accepted by online application to https://peoplesfamilystl.org/careers/
JOB POSTING: Breastfeeding Peer Counselor – Family Care Health Centers. Family Care Health Centers is accepting applications for a part-time (24 hrs./week) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor. Responsibilities include providing breastfeeding information and support to new mothers and helping them achieve their breastfeeding goals. Personal breastfeeding experience is required.
To apply, send resume to:
Amy Callico, RD, LD
Nutrition Services Team Leader
Family Care Health Centers
401 Holly Hills Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
(314) 353-5190 x3043
Missouri WIC is an equal-opportunity employer.