Mock grocery store for WIC participants aims to make shopping easier

Posted at 8:24 PM, Sep 29, 2017

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children is making it easier for recipients to grocery shop.  

The WIC mock grocery store, which was created through a grant, allows clients to find WIC approved food items.

Waco area dietitians went to grocery stories to see the type of items they carried and get samples of them. They put all of those samples on a shelf at the office on Washington Avenue. WIC clients can take pictures to have as reference next time they visit an area grocery store.

The Waco-McLennan County WIC program is part of the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District.

“We have flyers, we have brochures but when you are in a grocery store and you have young children, you are just trying to get to the day. You are just trying to get to through the store and it can be a little confusing and you want to do it as quickly as possible. This is a way you can help them,” Waco- McLennan County Public Health District Spokeswoman Kelly Craine said.

Craine said this is the first mock grocery store in Texas, which she said clients have provided positive feedback about.

“They will say how much easier is to take a picture of a program that they were looking for and then it is easier for them to find it at grocery stores,” Craine said.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, WIC gives supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, nutrition education and breastfeeding promotion to low income pregnant women, breastfeeding, post-partum women and infants and children up to age five who are found at nutritional risk.

For more information about the program, go here.

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