Changes Coming to SNAP on November 1 and How WIC Can Help

By Karen Sell

KSell_MugToday, more than 600,000 people in Arizona will see a decrease in the benefits they receive to buy healthy foods for their families through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Last month in Arizona, more than half of those who qualified to receive SNAP benefits were children.

As a Registered Dietitian and Director of the Arizona WIC Program, I am concerned about the families with young children that will be affected by this change. I know that services provided in the Arizona WIC Program can assist many of these families to make sure they have healthy foods for their children.

WIC is a national nutrition and breastfeeding program. WIC provides nutrition education, breastfeeding information and support, referrals to community services, and healthy foods.

Here’s who WIC is for:

  • Infants
  • Children up to age five
  • Pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding women, until their infant’s first birthday
  • Women whose pregnancy ended less than six months ago

If this list describes anyone in your family and you receive SNAP benefits, visit www.azwic.gov or call 1-800-2525-WIC to find the nearest clinic.

The Arizona WIC Program serves more than 160,000 women, infants, and children each month with services provided by 21 local agencies.

Remember, Arizona WIC is here for you!

Karen Sell, R.D. is the Arizona WIC Program Director and Chief of the ADHS Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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