WIC – Women, Infants & Children

eWIC is Coming Soon to MFHS!

The Pennsylvania Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program will be offering families a new way to shop for WIC food benefits using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) card later this year. No more paper checks!

Maternal and Family Health Services WIC Nutrition Centers will transition to eWIC starting October 1, 2019, for families in Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming counties.

In order to prepare for this transition, WIC Nutrition Centers in the above listed counties will be closed for staff training from September 23 through September 30, 2019. WIC will re-open for appointments on October 1, 2019.

With the eWIC card, shopping will be quick, easy and convenient for WIC families and their grocery stores. WIC participants will save time at the checkout and can buy WIC foods in as many shopping trips as they need throughout the month. Participants may also have access to a new WICShopper smart phone application allowing them to scan a food’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC allowed food.

Appointments are available now at all locations throughout the MFHS WIC network. For more information about WIC, visit mfhs.org or call 1-800-367-6347.

 

WIC Nutrition Program Expands Income Guidelines

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.

According to the new income guidelines for WIC, beginning on July 1, 2019, a family of four could earn $47,638 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $39,461 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $31,284 and qualify for nutrition assistance.  A complete list of income guidelines is available here.

The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5.  To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

WIC provides participants with supplemental healthy foods which contain vital nutrients essential for healthy development during critical growth periods, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.

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

For more information or to apply for WIC, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.

WIC Smartphone Application

Are you a WIC participant?

Welcome to WICShopper! The app that lets you access your food list, recipes, benefits and so much more, all in one place. We integrate your Food List and other assets to create a user experience that is completely customized to you. WICShopper is a custom palette that ensures that you get the most out of your time in the WIC program.

How does it work?

  • Select your agency
  • Register your WIC Card
    – Register using the 16 digit number on the front of your WIC EBT card
  • View your benefits
    – Once you have registered your card, your current benefits will automatically download to the app
  • Scan Products
    – Scan products as you shop to verify WIC eligibility.  In all states, the app will tell you if it is WIC eligible.  If your benefits have been downloaded, the app will tell you if the item is eligible for YOU with your remaining benefits.
  • Yes or No
    – After scanning the app will tell you whether or not the item is WIC eligible for you

Its that simple! To download the app, click here for IPhones and click here for Andriods.

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Governor Wolf Declares May WIC Month

May is WIC Month in Pennsylvania! May 2019 is the 45th year of WIC working to improving nutrition-related health and birth outcomes for women, infants and children throughout the commonwealth. The Allegheny County Health Department opened the first WIC clinic and issued the first WIC voucher on May 28, 1974.

This 45th anniversary year will be remembered for the implementation of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) card for Pennsylvania WIC families to use their WIC food benefits. The dedication of state and local agency WIC staff, along with our contractors, has brought this to fruition.  WIC families involved with the pilot rollout in Blair, Centre, Clinton and Lycoming counties are excited about eWIC and have expressed their satisfaction. MFHS staff are looking forward to rolling out this new system in our service area in the fall.

Thank you Governor Wolfe for proclaiming May 2019 as WIC Month!  Click the image below to read the proclamation.

Berks County WIC Open House

Maternal and Family Health Services is partnering with Berks Community Health Center to hold a Mother’s Day open house at our new co-located Berks County WIC Nutrition Center. We will be offering a variety of activities including free haircuts provided by Great Clips, an interactive trailer provided by Aetna, crafts, face painting, community organization tables, tours of our facilities, refreshments and more!

Learn more about the event on our Facebook event page, and we hope you’ll join us this Saturday in Reading!

Announcing the 2019 WIC Public Meetings

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) has scheduled 11 public meetings in conjunction with the development of the 2020 State Plan of Program Operations and Administration. The informal meetings are to record public comments and will not include a presentation of the WIC program; however, WIC resource materials will be available. The meetings will be held between 1 0 a.m. and 3 p.m. on the following dates:

  • May 1, 2019, Home Nursing Agency, 206 West Plank Drive, Altoona, PA 16602
  • May I, 2019, Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc., 15 Public Square, Suite 600, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
  • May I, 2019, South Central Community Action Program, Inc., 533 South Main St., Chambersburg, PA 1720 I
  • May 2, 2019, Chester County Government Services Building, 601 Westtown Road, Room 250, West Chester, PA 19380
  • May 2, 2019, UNFHCC Erie County WIC Program, 1720 Holland St., Erie, PA 16507
  • May 7, 2019, Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services, Inc., 300 Chamber Plaza, Charleroi, PA 15022
  • May 21 , 2019, Bradford Area Public Library, 67 Washington St., Bradford, PA 16701
  • May 21,2019, NORTH, Inc. Philadelphia WIC Office, 1300 W. Lehigh Ave., Suite 104, Philadelphia, PA 19132
  • May 22, 2019, WIC of Beaver County, 140 Beaver Valley Mall, Rt. 18, Monaca, PA 15061
  • May 23, 2019, Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg, PA 17104
  • May 30, 2019, Community Progress Council, Inc., 130 Market St., York, PA 17401

Individuals representing themselves or representing organizations and agencies are invited to present comments on any aspect of WIC Program operations. Anyone wishing to present comments during a meeting should call 717-783-1289 to register. Meetings are subject to cancellation without notice. People with disabilities who wish to attend the meetings may contact Amanda Killion 717-783-1289 to arrange for reasonable accommodations as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you are unable to attend the meeting, you may submit written comments to the WIC State Agency by May 31, 2019. The email address is bmellott@pa.gov or the mailing address is:

Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WJC) 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120

For additional information, call Bonnie Mellott at 717-783-1289. Thank you for your interest and support of the Pennsylvania WIC Program.

Save the Date: 2019 MFHS Healthy Heroes Walk!

On June 15th at PNC Field, MFHS will be participating in the 2nd Annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Joined by 11 other local nonprofits, we will be celebrating kids helping kids through our Healthy Heroes Walk. We encourage walkers to come dressed as their favorite superheroes, and come ready to have fun!

This exciting event features not only a 5k walk, but also a 1 mile walk and a variety of fun family activities and prizes. There will be music, activities, mascots, snacks, and so much more! You can read more about what MFHS has planned here, and keep checking back as we are still adding details!

100% of funds raised for this event will go towards supporting families served by MFHS. Click here to register a team of your family and friends, and come out to walk for women and children in our community.

Delayed Opening January 31, 2019

All MFHS locations will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, due to the predicted extreme cold conditions.

To reschedule appointments, please call your local MFHS office and we will be happy to help. Please exercise caution and allow for extra time while traveling. If there are any changes to MFHS office schedules, we will update this page. Stay safe everyone!

Recognizing Maternal Health Awareness Day at MFHS

Wilkes-Barre, PA: Maternal & Family Health Services, Inc. (MFHS) held a news conference today featuring State Senator Lisa Baker, and Dr. Lynne Coslett-Charlton to announce that January 23rd is the first official Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania. Sen. Baker introduced the Senate resolution because of significantly rising maternal mortality rates in Pennsylvania and across the country. Representative Eddie Day Pashinski supported a similar resolution in the House, marking this day to recognize the women who die from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.

The House has also recently formed the Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which is working to gather information and find solutions to address some of the most prevalent medical issues facing pregnant women. Dr. Lynn Coslett-Charlton, who chairs the Pennsylvania section of the American College of OB-GYN, was the lead in introducing the bill to develop the MMRC. MFHS President & CEO Bette Saxton was appointed to the committee last year.

“I’d like to thank Dr. Coslett-Charlton and Maternal and Family Health Services for hosting us today, and for your leadership in advancing what I believe is a very simple policy approach that Pennsylvania needed to adopt,” said Senator Baker. “The creation of the fourteen member committee that will help us look at prevention, education, training and opportunities to improve the health and wellbeing of mothers and their babies.”

More women die from pregnancy complications in the United States than in any other developed country in the world. Despite advances in medicine and medical technologies, the United States saw a 26 percent increase in the death rate of expectant mothers from 2000-14. And according to a 2016 report from America’s Health Rankings, based on Centers for Disease Control National Vital Statistics System data, Pennsylvania ranks 21st in the nation in maternal death rates. Maternal Health Awareness Day is designed to highlight this problem and the work being done to improve maternal health across Pennsylvania.

“Maternal and Family Health Services is best known for its prevention and intervention services,” said MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton. “Last year we served over 5,200 low-income pregnant and postpartum women and over 12,000 infants. We know we have a vital role to play in helping mothers recognize key risk factors associated with maternal and infant mortality. I am honored to be on the newly formed Maternal Mortality Review Committee to begin the important work of reducing maternal deaths in Pennsylvania.”

“I can think of no better place to roll out the first Maternal Health Awareness Day in Pennsylvania than Maternal and Family Health Services,” said Dr. Coslett-Charlton. “I want to especially thank Senator Baker for supporting ACOG’s goal of creating the Maternal Mortality Review Committee and for the resolution to introduce Maternal Health Awareness Day and for advancing women and children’s health.”

Two Opportunities to Match Your Gifts on #GivingTuesday 2018!

#GivingTuesday is November 27, 2018 – just two weeks away! MFHS is thrilled to announce that this year, there are even more ways for you to support us on #GivingTuesday, including two opportunities to have your gift matched! Here is the complete breakdown of everything that’s happening this year for #GivingTuesday!

  • AllOne Charities is hosting its first matching gift fundraiser for 31 non-profits across Northeast Pennsylvania for #GivingTuesday! All donations made on the AllOne site for MFHS will be matched up to $1000. Even better, AllOne is celebrating #GivingTuesday by matching gifts for an entire week! Any donations made from November 21st – 28th are all eligible to be matched! Visit the AllOne match day page starting on Wednesday the 21st to make your matching gift.
  • Facebook is partnering with PayPal to match gifts on #GivingTuesday. This year, they will match a total of 7 million dollars worth of donations! Each participating non-profit can get up to $250,000 matched, and each individual donor can give a gift up to $20,000 that will be matched. In 2017, matching dollars on Facebook ran out early, so we are asking anyone interested in donating on Facebook to make your gift early. The closer to 8 AM EST on November 27th, the better! You can donate directly on our Facebook page by clicking the blue donate button. You can also create a Facebook Fundraiser for MFHS by visiting our page here, and all gifts made in fundraisers are also eligible for matching dollars.
  • Download your MFHS UNselfie sheet and tell us why you give to MFHS! Last year, our donors, friends, family and staff all shared why they support MFHS and why they give, #FamilyToFamily. We shared the pictures across social media, and they were a huge hit! Help us do it again by snapping your picture and sending them to us on Facebook, or by posting them on Facebook with our hashtag.