Maternal and Family Health Services Celebrates 40 Years of Providing the WIC Nutrition Program

Wilkes-Barre, PA (PRWEB) August 11, 2014

Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) is celebrating 40 years of providing the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program to families throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.

Maternal and Family Health Services was one of the first agencies in Pennsylvania to administer a WIC program, and one of the first 100 WIC pilot projects in the United States. In 1974, the MFHS WIC Program served a monthly average of 634 participants. Today, the MFHS WIC network serves 57,000 participants each month at 32 WIC Nutrition Center locations in 16 counties. Across Pennsylvania, the WIC Program serves an average of 253,000 women, infants and children throughout the 67 counties. Nationwide, WIC serves 8 million participants.

“WIC has evolved over the years and is now on the front lines of the national response to childhood obesity epidemic by using the nutrition education component of WIC to encourage healthy eating habits that last a lifetime,” said Bette Cox Saxton, President & CEO of Maternal and Family Health Services. “As MFHS celebrates the 40th anniversary of the WIC Nutrition Program, we seek continuous program improvement, look for opportunities to collaborate with community partners who share our mission of service and prevention, coordinate service delivery, and improve access to care.”

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.