Program gives babies and young children a healthy start to life.
The Clackamas County Canby Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is relocating to the Canby Public Library, 220 NE 2nd Ave. in Canby, effective Oct. 3.
The library is a central location near public transit. The library has story time, a play area, and bilingual books. Literacy goody bags from Canby Kiwanis will be provided while supplies last.
Clackamas County will provide WIC services from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursdays at the Canby Public Library.
For more information, please visit:
- Canby Library
- Clackamas WIC
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The WIC program in Clackamas County helps over 6,800 women, infants and children each year through nutrition and breastfeeding education, referrals to community resources and access to healthy food. Studies have shown that participation in WIC reduces premature births, infant mortality, low birth weight, anemia and childhood obesity.
WIC participants receive information about breastfeeding and nutrition in individual appointments and in classes and online, including lessons on age-appropriate foods, picky eating, and other health and nutrition topics. WICShopper is an app that helps families keep track of their food benefits, find the right foods at the store and get helpful meal ideas. WIC recipients can download this free app to any smartphone.
The WIC program also benefits the local economy. This past year, participants spent more than $2.4 million on healthy foods at local grocery stores and over $45,000 on fresh produce from local farmers.
Fathers and caregivers, such as grandparents, legal guardians and foster parents can sign up a child they care for depending on their levels of income. Those who currently receive OHP/SNAP/TANF are eligible for WIC benefits. Families who do not receive those services may also qualify.