WIC Mission Statement
The Pennsylvania WIC Program is committed to improving the health of eligible pregnant women, new mothers, and children by providing nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods, and referrals to health and social programs during the critical stages of fetal and early childhood development.
Established as a pilot program in 1972 and made permanent in 1974, WIC is administered and funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and on the local level in Cambria County by Community Action.
The WIC Program serves over 8 million pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and preschool children through 9,000 clinics nationwide. In Pennsylvania, WIC provides services to over 225,000 participants in 67 counties. On a monthly basis, 14 CAPCC WIC staff provided a multitude of services to an average of 3,500 individuals at 4 office sites located Cambria County. The largest of these WIC office sites is Johnstown, followed by Ebensburg then Northern Cambria, and finally a small bi-monthly clinic at Johnstown High School.
In order to be eligible for WIC benefits, individuals must exhibit a medical or nutritional risk verified by a WIC health care professional, and have an income level equal to or less than 185% of poverty, or be enrolled in Medicaid-Pennsylvania Access card.
- Quality nutrition education and services
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Monthly supplemental nutritious foods (3.1 Million food dollars spent in Cambria Co.)
- Access to prenatal and pediatric health care services
- Pennsylvania Farmers Market Program (CAPCC distributed 11,000 vouchers)
CAPCC WIC Successes:
- The average first year medical costs for a premature/low birth-weight baby are $49,033 compared to $4,551 for a baby without complication.
- 57 % of all pregnant women on WIC in Cambria County breastfeed their infants for at least 12 weeks.
- This year, WIC Staff held a motorcycle run and a basket party that generated over $6,700 that was used to buy WIC families new coats, hats and gloves.
For more information on the Affordable Health Care Act go to: www.heatlhcare.gov
For more information go to: www.pawic.com
THIS INSTITUTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY PROVIDER