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WIC Farmers Stand
 
WIC Farm to Family
 
Participants of the Colorado Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) now can purchase WIC-approved fresh produce direct from the farm.
 
WIC clients receive WIC checks for fruits and vegetables. They can shop for their produce at any WIC-authorized retailer. Selling locations include farmer’s markets and roadside stands. Farmers must apply and meet a set of selection criteria, which includes growing and offering produce that meets federal nutrient requirements.
  
 
 
 
 WIC Farmers Map
 
 
 
 Resources
Farm to Family Brochure Farm to Family Brochure pdf file
Farm to Family Poster Farm to Family Poster pdf file
Farm to Family Handbook Farm to Family Handbook pdf file
 
What is WIC?
 
WIC is an important nutrition program providing benefits of more than $60 million per year to approximately 100,000 women, infants, and children in Colorado. Services include:
·         Health and nutrition evaluations;
·         Education on the importance of good nutrition;
·         Referrals to other community services, such as health and dental care, well child clinics, and immunizations;
·         Support and counseling for breastfeeding mothers; and
·         WIC checks for nutritious supplemental foods.
 
WIC programs lower Medicaid costs by helping to combat poor nutrition at an early stage, rather than treating the effects once it becomes more serious. For every dollar spent on WIC, up to $3 is saved in medical costs. The benefits of WIC participation include:
·         Women participating in WIC give birth to healthier babies.
·         Children in WIC are better immunized and are more likely to have regular health care.
·         Health care costs are reduced due to the decrease in the number of low birth weight babies.
 
In addition to Colorado WIC’s “Farm to Family”, there are also a number of very successful community-level projects across the state in which the local WIC agencies collaborate with community organizations and producers.  Through these partnerships, funding from various local sources has supported activities such as the provision of coupons for WIC families that may be redeemed at farmers markets. In these cases, local WIC agencies act as distribution centers for the sponsoring organizations and work to connect WIC families with local producers.