Thanks for the love! WIC scores 98% in satisfaction survey

PHFE WIC’s winter 2021 customer service survey asked the simple question, “How was your WIC appointment?” In response, thousands of WIC participants replied with heartwarming feedback, testimonials, and words of appreciation. 98% of survey respondents gave the top “great!” rating for their appointment.

Here’s what our participants said about their last appointment:

To all our participants:

Your feedback and experiences matter to us as we continue to strive to improve our services. It is our pleasure to walk alongside you through your pregnancies, watch your children grow, and cheer you on through this precious time of life.

Thank you for growing healthy with WIC! We can’t wait to talk to you again at your next WIC appointment.

Warm regards from all of us at PHFE WIC!

PS: We love to hear from you! If you’d like to share feedback about your WIC experience, leave a Yelp or Google review for your local WIC office, or contact us directly!

WIC Eggs are Now Cage-Free Only

Starting January 1, 2022, only cage-free eggs are allowed with WIC benefits.

Health and safety amendments from Proposition 12 (2018) require all eggs sold in California to be cage-free. California WIC participants can now purchase only large, white, cage-free eggs using their WIC benefits.

Any brand of large, white, cage-free chicken eggs is allowed to be purchased with WIC benefits.

WIC benefits can not be used to purchase other egg sizes or colors, powdered or liquid eggs, or specialty eggs that are organic, pastured, vitamin-enriched, low cholesterol, or DHA-enriched.

Check your WIC App for information on all WIC-approved foods.

For the most recent list of foods able to be purchased using WIC benefits, visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov.

Can Men Participate in WIC?

Yes! Men are welcome at WIC. WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Fathers and other caregivers of kids under five are encouraged to enroll and bring kids to appointments, attend nutrition and health education sessions, and use their checks in grocery stores that accept WIC.

Senators Introduce MODERN WIC Act

On November 23rd, 2021, a bipartisan bill called More Options to Develop and Enhance Remote Nutrition in WIC Act, or MODERN WIC Act, was introduced. This bill would make permanent revisions to WIC certification requirements, sustaining the flexibilities that helped families gain access to the program during the pandemic.

For social distancing purposes during the pandemic, WIC agencies were allowed to complete certifications over the phone, and the requirement for WIC providers to measure a participant’s weight and height was waived. These flexibilities helped many WIC program participants and new applicants overcome the barriers to WIC services that in-person requirements can create.

Barriers to completing in-person certifications include

Taking Time off Work

Arranging Transportation or Childcare

Wait Times at WIC Offices

Child participation has increased 20% at PHFE WIC, and 8% nationwide since March 2020, showing how important virtual WIC services were during the pandemic.1 The MODERN WIC Act will continue virtual services, expanding access to families who qualify.

The Modern WIC Act proposes the following:

WIC program applications to be completed over video conferencing or telephone with health assessment data submitted to WIC within 90 days

Food benefits to be remotely added to participant WIC EBT cards

More investment in WIC technology to help with online appointments and education

The MODERN WIC Act will allow WIC providers to continue as they always have: to help families access healthy foods.

Read NWA’s full press statement here, and click here to view a fact sheet on physical presence at WIC.


References

  1. Senators Introduce MODERN WIC Act, Bipartisan Fix for Physical Presence. National WIC Association. https://www.nwica.org/press-releases/sens-gillibrand-marshall-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-strengthen-remote-wic-services#.YbJPA1XMJpg. November 23, 2021.
  2. Striking The Balance: Unlocking Remote WIC Services after COVID-19. National WIC Association. https://s3.amazonaws.com/aws.upl/nwica.org/physical-presence.pdf?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=003395f0-195e-4759-bb52-cc294f90a17f. October 2021. Accessed December 6, 2021.   

Speak Up When You’re Down

6 THINGS EVERY NEW MOM & MOM-TO-BE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
PERINATAL DEPRESSION

1.  Perinatal depression is common.

It is, in fact, the number one complication of pregnancy.  In the US, 15% to 20% of new moms, or about 1 million women each year experience perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and some studies suggest that number may be even higher.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Perinatal depression can affect any woman regardless of age, income, culture or education.

2.  You may experience some of these symptoms

  • Feelings of sadness.
  • Mood swings: highs and lows, feeling overwhelmed.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy.
  • Changes in sleeping and eating habits.
  • Panic attacks, nervousness, and anxiety.
  • Excessive worry about your baby.
  • Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby.
  • Fearing that you can’t take care of your baby.
  • Feelings of guilt and inadequacy.
  • Difficulty accepting motherhood.
  • Irrational thinking; seeing or hearing things that are not there.

Some of the ways women describe their feelings include:


I want to cry all the time.
I feel like I’m on an emotional roller coaster.
I will never feel like myself again.
I don’t think my baby likes me.
Everything feels like an effort.

3.  Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy, and up to the child’s first year.

Baby blues, a normal adjustment period after birth, usually lasts from 2 to 3 weeks.  If you have any of the listed symptoms, they have stayed the same or gotten worse, and you’re 5 to 6 weeks postpartum, then you are no longer experiencing baby blues, and may have a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.

4.  You did nothing to cause this.

You are not a weak or bad person.  You have a common, treatable illness.  Research shows there are a variety of risk factors that may impact how you are feeling, including your medical history, how your body processes certain hormones, the level of stress you are experiencing, and how much help you have with your baby.  What we do know is, this is not your fault.

5.  The sooner you get treatment, the better.

Recent studies show that your baby’s well-being and development are directly tied to your physical and emotional health.  You deserve to be healthy, and your baby needs a healthy mom in order to thrive.  Don’t wait to reach out for HELP.  It is available.

6.  There is help for you.

There comes a time in every woman’s life when she needs help.  NOW is the time to reach out to a caring professional, who is knowledgeable about perinatal depression, and who can help you through this time of crisis.  He or she can understand the pain you are experiencing and guide you on the road to recovery.  Contact Postpartum Support International, 1.800.944.4773 or www.postpartum.net, for referrals and support near you


LOS ANGELES COUNTY PERINATAL MENTAL HEALTH TASK FORCE
www.maternalmentalhealthnow.org

For referrals and resources, call 211 or 1.800.944.4773 | www.postpartum.net
or contact your healthcare provider


Adapted from Speak up when you’re down


Canned beans approved for WIC families

Canned beans are now available to WIC families with their benefits!

With your WIC benefits, you can choose:

  • 4 cans of cooked beans,
  • 1 package of dry beans, or
  • 1 jar of peanut butter.

Keep canned beans on the shelf for a quick weeknight meal. Add canned beans to soups, salads, burritos, tortilla wraps, stews, rice bowls, and more. Find tasty recipes using canned beans and other WIC foods at Health eKitchen at www.wichealth.org.

Check your WIC app for the most recent information about approved foods. For more information, visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov.

Return your WIC breast pump and baby scale safely!

WIC is hosting diaper giveaway and pump return events throughout November to help families safely return electric breast pumps or baby scales that are no longer in use!

Please hold on to your electric breast pump or baby scale if you are still using them.

All families with infants and children that wear diapers are invited to the diaper giveaway! Supplies are limited and will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

See the November schedule of diaper and pump events listed below. Questions? Text us at 91997.

WIC Center
Address
Date & Time
8th Street WIC
2120 W. 8th St.
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Nov 10th 10 am to 2 pm
Obama WIC
3667 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Nov 16th 11:30 am to 2 pm
Santa Ana East WIC
1701 S Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Nov 17 10 am to 2 pm

Learn about the Home Visiting Family Support Program and enroll today!

Good news! The Home Visiting Family Support Program is now enrolling families. This program pairs you with a trained professional who provides pregnancy and parenting guidance, access to social services, job resources, and more!

Who is Eligible?

Pregnant and parenting women, low income families with children under the age of 5, and individuals receiving cash aid (CalWorks).

What is the program’s goal?

The Home Visiting Program’s goal is to provide support and expertise to help parents expand their parenting skills and access key resources for medical, mental health, and child development concerns. In addition, families will also receive resources such as housing, food, counseling services, and other services.      

How to enroll:

To enroll, please call (213) 639-6436 or (800) 427-8700 (Press 4, Option 2)

Happy Father’s day!

WIC recognizes the important role that fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, and other guardians play in caring for kids. Dads are a source of so much selfless love, unconditional support, and timeless wisdom for the WIC family.

Despite the WIC name, fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, father figures, and other guardians have always been a part of the WIC family. WIC celebrates and appreciates the nurturers and caregivers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, and guardians of our children.

Dad’s Chat April 2021

Calling all WIC Men and Dads! PHFE WIC is proud to have hosted its first virtual Dad’s chat event on April 22, 2021. Fathers from California to Texas joined and discussed the challenges they have experienced as father during the COVID pandemic. Challenges discussed ranged from social struggles to comfort food struggle. Fathers shared their approach for the day-to-day challenges that arouse from the pandemic. The event provided the positive reinforcement that fathers are not alone and through power of communication, can overcome the daily obstacles.

fathers awareness day at 117th St. WIC

“This was great! Greatly appreciate this event being put together for us and I look forward to the next event!”- Dad’s chat attendee. 

With the first virtual Dad’s chat event successfully in the books, we welcome you to text “Dadchats” to receive notifications and reminders of future Dads Chat events. This is event is open to all fathers and soon-to-be fathers. A special thanks to Ruben Lopez, RDN for hosting an amazing Dad’s chat for our fathers!