Participants of the La Crosse County Women, Infants, and Children program, otherwise known as WIC, are receiving a unique food benefit this summer.
Abbie Loos, a nutrition educator for the La Crosse County Health Department says, "The WIC program in general is funded by the US Department of Agriculture, so it's a federally funded program at the national level. They also fund the summer farmers market program. That's how we get the additional thirty dollars for our families this summer."
WIC is offering its participants a one time $30 check to be used at area farmers markets in La Crosse County this summer. Checks will be given out until September 30 and can be used between now and October 31. The La Crosse County Health Department says they have received lots of calls from interested WIC participants already.
MORE INFORMATION: WIC Benefits and How To Apply
Abbie goes on to say, "Thirty dollars doesn't seem like a lot. We just give that one time per summer, but it can go a long way. What's great about this program is that it's spent here locally. It doesn't go to a big corporation. Our families can spend it here with local farmers and get to know their farmers. I think that's one of the huge benefits of this program."
WIC is a program for low and moderate income families.