WIC joins fight against childhood hunger

WIC joins fight against childhood hunger

Texas WIC is joining the Texas Department of Agriculture to ensure children get a healthy meal while school is out for the summer.

Nearly two-and-a-half million Texas children qualify for free or reduced priced meals during the school year. Only 11 percent of those children participate in the Summer Meals program.

“Many children get two free meals a day at school. So when school is out, that’s 10 additional meals a family has to provide. Many of these families have children under age five who are also eligible for WIC. Signing up for WIC can help families stretch their dollars,” said WIC Manager Darlene Irwin.

Starting June 12 through August 15, 12 Dallas WIC clinics will offer all children under 18 years of age a meal or snack during meal service times of 12-2 p.m. or snack times of 3-4 p.m.

“WIC is so much more than a food program. The food we provide is shown to reduce childhood obesity, and our Registered Dietitians give families valuable guidance that can keep Texas families not only fed but healthy” Mrs. Irwin added.

To learn more about the City of Dallas WIC Program or to get more information on the Summer Feeding Program locations, please call 214-670-7200.

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