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SEARHC WIC Office Reopened in Ketchikan

JUNEAU, April 02, 2014 – After a lengthy search for a new WIC Nutrition Educator, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium’s WIC office in Ketchikan has reopened with Jessi Minshall at the helm.

For more than forty years, many low-income pregnant and breastfeeding women have been able to take care of themselves, their infants, and young children by signing up for the WIC program. SEARHC is the administrator of the Southeast program and helps many women apply in addition to assisting with any questions, concerns or issues that arise for individuals participating in the program.

WIC serves low income families with children under the age of 5. The State agency's income standard must be between 100 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines, but cannot be more than 185 percent of the Federal poverty income guidelines. Automatic eligibility is extended to women that receive low-income assistance such as Medicaid (including Denali KidCare), Food Stamps, Free or Reduced Price School Lunch or Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP- formerly known as AFDC). Additionally, single fathers with children under the age of 5 and grandparents who have custody or guardianship over eligible children are eligible to apply.

The SEARHC WIC office in Ketchikan is located in Public Health building at 3054 Fifth Ave. The office hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00p.m and Wednesday from 2:00p.m.-4:00p.m. The office is closed daily from 1:00p.m.-2:00p.m.

WIC is an equal opportunity provider. Please call 225-3392 for an appointment.

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