The City of North Charleston’s Cultural Arts Department announced today that South Carolina DHEC will be bringing the WIC mobile clinic to the North Charleston Farmers Market July 19 and 26 and September 20 and 27 from 3-6pm. The mission is to provide ease of access to all WIC services including WIC certifications, nutrition education, six-month infant evaluations, breast-feeding support, and voucher pick-ups. WIC vouchers may be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at any of the North Charleston Farmers Market farm stands, including Joseph Fields Farm, Robert Fields Farm, and Frank Simmons Farm. The 2018 North Charleston Farmers Market takes place every Thursday through October 25 from 3pm-7pm on the grounds of Felix C. Davis Community Center, located at 4800 Park Circle in North Charleston. Vendor applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Visitors enjoy fresh local produce, a featured food truck, a variety of vendors selling specialty foods as well as art and craft items, a free jump castle, and live musical entertainment from 5pm-7pm.
WIC is a free program that provides healthy foods and nutrition and health services to South Carolina families who qualify. WIC is for all types of families: married and single parents, working or not working. Fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents, or other legal guardians of a child under the age of five may apply for WIC for their child. Recipients of Medicaid, TANF, or SNAP already meet the income eligibility requirements. Applicants must bring one accepted form of identification for themselves and one for the infant or child as well as one proof of residency. Accepted forms of ID and proof of residency are listed on the WIC website at http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/WIC/HowtoApplyforWIC/WICsteps/.
WIC provides families with monthly vouchers to buy healthy food, personalized nutrition information and support, breastfeeding support—including one-on-one counseling with a breastfeeding mother, and referrals to services that can benefit the whole family. WIC also offers immunization screening and referral, infant formula, breastfeeding support, and nutrition and health classes on a variety of topics including meal planning, caring for a new baby, steps toward better health, and more. The WIC mobile clinic is an easy way for families to access all that WIC has to offer them. No appointment is necessary. To learn more about WIC visit http://www.scdhec.gov/Health/WIC/