MFHS Announces Relocation of WIC Nutrition Centers to the EOTC Seventh Avenue Center, Scranton

Maternal and Family Health Services will relocate its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Centers in Scranton to the EOTC Seventh Avenue Center, 431 North Seventh Avenue, Scranton, starting August 1, 2011.

Two MFHS WIC Nutrition Centers formerly located in South Scranton, on Pittston Avenue, and in North Scranton, on Providence Road, have closed and services are consolidated in the new location on North Seventh Avenue.  The new MFHS WIC Nutrition Center on Seventh Avenue will be a full time WIC Center with extended hours of operation.

“The consolidation of North Scranton and South Scranton WIC Centers into one location was necessary due to budget constraints,” said Bette Cox Saxton, MFHS President & CEO. “MFHS is committed to ensuring WIC remains a resource in Scranton for pregnant women and children in need of quality nutrition education and access to nutritious foods essential for healthy development.”

WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  WIC participants receive nutrition education, vouchers for nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmer’s market vouchers, and referrals for other health and social services.

Services are free and available for pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum women, and infants and children up to age 5 who have nutritional need and meet income eligibility guidelines.

In addition to the new MFHS WIC Nutrition Center on Seventh Avenue, MFHS operates the Circle of Care on Colfax Avenue, Scranton.  Circle of Care offers the WIC Nutrition Program, the Family Planning Program, Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program, Healthy Woman Program, the Nurse-Family Partnership, and the Early Periodic Screening Testing and Diagnosis (EPSTD) Program.

For more information, contact Maternal and Family Health Services at 1-800-367-6347, or visit mfhs.org.