For years, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC for short) has been serving the women and children of the San Marcos area. On January 28, they opened a brand new location with improved facilities.
About the WIC Program
The WIC Program is primarily a nutrition program that has locations all around the country. It is funded by the federal government under the auspices of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA.) It provides grants to states, who use the money to provide nutritional support, education, and other assistance to pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under the age of five.
The focus of the WIC program in San Marcos is to:
- Educate parents and caregivers on proper nutrition for infants and young children
- Support breastfeeding mothers with guidance and education
- Provide supplemental WIC foods to families in need
- Refer clients to other health and social services on an as-needed basis
Ultimately, the goal of WIC is to fight nutrition-related illness, something that disproportionately affects low-income families. Because poor nutrition can affect a child’s ability to learn as well as their long-term health and wellness, the services WIC provides to San Marcos-area families in need are essential.
A New Facility
On January 24, 2018, WIC closed its old location at 401-C Broadway Street to move to the new location, which opened on Monday, January 28th. The move accomplishes several things at once.
First, it provides a new and improved facility for WIC workers and the community members they serve. The new location, which is at The Village of San Marcos campus at 215 S. Reimer Avenue, boasts:
- A larger and more extensive parking area for clients
- A spacious waiting area
- A breastfeeding room for education and convenience
- Ample space for family assessment, nutritional education, and benefits issuance
Another benefit of moving to the new location is that it puts WIC in the same location as their administrative office, which is already located at The Village.
Finally, there are other nonprofit service agencies also located at The Village, many of which serve the same families in need as WIC. These include Any Baby Can/ECI, Community Action, Inc., and the Family Justice Center. The new location makes accessing multiple services easier and more convenient for San Marcos residents than it was before.
After the move to the new location was complete, WIC hosted a grand opening at their new campus at The Village to thank the San Marcos community for its support and give residents a preview of the new office complex.
It’s worth noting that WIC was not affected by the recent government shutdown, as the program had already received enough funding to keep it running through March.
WIC already has an impressive record of promoting healthy pregnancies and improving the health of women, infants, and young children. To learn more about the services that WIC provides, you can visit the city’s WIC webpage, here, or call 512-393-8043.