WIC Program News

The Washington State WIC Nutrition Program is provided in Snohomish County by Pregnancy Aid in rural communities and by Snohomish Health District in Everett, Lynnwood and south Snohomish County communities.

Pregnancy Aid serves more than 5,000 pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants up to 12 months and children under 5 years old each month. WIC is provided as a service of Pregnancy Aid at offices in Arlington, Marysville, Granite Falls, Monroe, Snohomish and southest Everett near Silver Lake.

Through participation in the WIC Nutrition Program, families are offered health screenings, nutrition education, nutrient-rich foods, breastfeeding support and referrals to other health and social services. Not only does WIC help families, the local economy benefits from our program as well. The checks given to WIC clients each month to purchase nutritious foods contribute more than $1 million to the local economy.


Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County Wins 2010 Breastfeeding Award

Employer Award, WIC in Arlington, WA
From left to right; Joshua, with mother and Pregnancy Aid employee, Jennifer Fairbank; Barbara Hoppe, first employee to bring her baby to work at Pregnancy Aid; Carolyn McGinty, and Michele Crocket, who nominated the organization.

The Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington recently awarded an Outstanding Employer award to Pregnancy Aid/WIC. The program has had liberal breastfeeding policies for more than 15 years. Their Breastfeeding Policy states, "Pregnancy Aid is committed to the goal of healthy mothers and infants. We encourage and support the breastfeeding of infants of employees. Young breastfed infants may accompany their mothers to the office during normal work hours to facilitate successful breastfeeding. This is not intended to replace normal daycare arrangements when the child reaches the appropriate age or discontinues being breastfed."

They have never found a breastfeeding 'room' or pumping 'room' to be necessary. All administrators and employees accept the presence of babies in the workplace and make the needed accommodations whenever necessary.

"I have found over the years that the benefit of making arrangements and planning for possible (but rarely realized) decreases in efficiency more than offsets the effort that would be required to recruit, interview, hire and train a new employee," shared Carolyn McGinty, WIC Program Coordinator, Pregnancy Aid of Snohomish County.

The mission of the Washington WIC Nutrition Program is to improve the lifelong health and nutrition of women, infants, and young children.

For more information, contact Pregnancy Aid WIC at 425-316-8929.
 
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