The market is a special event for WIC Program participants; no appointment is needed. Participants can simply walk in, sign and select from a variety of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables up to $30 in value per WIC family.
WIC nutritionists will provide food-health education prior to produce selection.
“The main purpose is to provide WIC clients with locally grown produce and to support the local economy,” said Suzie Davis, registered dietician and Nutrition Program Manager.
“There will be a dietician discussing fresh fruits and vegetables and freezing, canning and storing techniques,” Davis said.
“We really want to make the community aware of how important fresh fruits and vegetables are. They can prevent chronic diseases like cancer and high blood pressure. It’s just an overall health message for the community.”
More local farmers are needed for the market, Davis said.
“We’re trying to find some really local farmers,” she said. “They can apply at our district office, and call 706-295-6661 for more information. They’ll need to complete an application and go through training.”
WIC available to the community
WIC (Women, Infants and Children)is a nutrition-education and supplemental-foods program that helps families who qualify, based on income and household size, make healthy food choices. WIC also serves pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age.
Gordon County residents who are currently receiving SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program, formerly Food Stamps) may also be eligible for WIC benefits and may request a referral to WIC.
Anyone interested in applying for the WIC Program should call the Gordon County Health Department or come by the health department any Monday, Wednesday or Thursday from 7:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. or any Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
In an appointment, WIC staff will screen for income, perform nutrition assessment and education, provide breastfeeding support, help you find social services and/or public assistance and give you vouchers to help you buy supplemental foods.
For more information, call the Gordon County Health Department at 706-624-1444 or visit the office.