November 18, 2008 |

WIC produce checks will expire Nov. 30

The Allegheny County Health Department is reminding WIC families to redeem their checks for the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program before they expire November 30.

Health officials suggest that the checks, redeemable for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables, be used before Thanksgiving, since most Farmers Markets close for the season a week before the holiday. This year 10,750 WIC participants in the county each received $20 in checks.

WIC families should contact their WIC office or call 412-350-5801 for a list of Farmers Markets where they can redeem their checks. Farmers Market sites also can be obtained by visiting the County Health Department's web site, www.achd.net/wic, or the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's web site, www.agriculture.state. pa.us, which includes Farmers Markets across the state.

WIC is a federally funded program for pregnant or breastfeeding women, postpartum mothers and children under the age of five. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk.

Besides free produce during the summer and fall, WIC provides regular benefits that include infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal and other nutritious foods.

For more information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the County Health Department at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, call the

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