Since the 1980s, low income families all over Pueblo County have traveled to the city of Pueblo to get basic services for their children. Now, residents in the north western part of the county will only have to go as far as Pueblo West.
As of Wednesday, a new Women Infants and Children (WIC) office is officially open for business in Pueblo West. The WIC program is a special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.
The office is already seeing more than 500 patients, most of whom were driving from Pueblo West to the city of Pueblo for services. Now, they can pick up their food vouchers, or see medical professionals within minutes of their homes.
Director of the WIC program for Pueblo County, Kim Whittington, is excited to open the new satellite office. "We definitely would like to see an increase in caseload, and we'd love to be able to help as many families in Pueblo West as possible," says Whittington.
Whittington also says qualifying for the supplemental assistance is easier now with adjusted federal guidelines. A family of four with an annual income of $34,000 would qualify.
Children can receive benefits from the program from the time they're born up to their fifth birthday. The WIC program offers different supplemental plans, based on whether or not a new mother is breast-feeding fully or partially.
Families come in for regular check-ups and are offered classes on nutrition as well.
The new WIC location is located at 88 South Masters Drive, Suite B in Pueblo West. They are open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed Monday.
To see if you qualify you can drop by the office or dial (719) 924-8861.