ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Public Health’s (DPH) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will hold its annual public comment period from August 1, 2014 through August 31, 2014. During this period, Georgians are invited to comment on the program’s successes and identify opportunities to improve WIC services.
“We encourage Georgians to take part in this comment period so they can have an impact on the WIC program,” said Debra L. Keyes, Georgia WIC director. “State staff will review the comments that are received and use them to update our annual program plan. We count on our customers’ feedback every year to make the WIC program better.” To make comments or provide suggestions, visit the WIC website at www.wic.ga.gov, click on the public comment link and complete the appropriate survey.
The Georgia WIC program promotes good health and positive food choices by providing nutrition education and food selections based on their nutrient content, availability statewide, and cost. WIC food packages can include infant formulas and medical foods, milk, cheese, eggs, fruits, vegetables, juice, whole grain foods, fish, peanut butter, soy products, and beans. Food packages are tailored to meet the needs of the participant.
The Georgia WIC program food packages are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The guidelines reflect recommendations made by the Institute of Medicine. There are more than 1,400 authorized food retailers that participate in the Georgia WIC program food delivery system.
To learn more about Georgia WIC, visit us at www.wic.ga.gov or call 1-800-228-9173 or 1-800-225-0056 (TTY).