BUFFALO, N.Y., Dec. 9, 2015 - Area service providers, partner organizations, community members and Catholic Charities' officials were among those who attended two open house events in Dunkirk and Jamestown (Tuesday) Dec. 8 to celebrate the expansion of its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program to Chautauqua County.
Each open house included brief remarks and refreshments, along with site tours by WIC staff members. Regional WIC leaders were also in attendance at both celebrations. Lake Erie Medical Services (LEMS) Pediatrics, in association with Brooks Memorial Hospital, co-sponsored the event in Dunkirk.
"There have been so many collaborators here in the Chautauqua County community, past and present, for which we are grateful," said Tish Brady, Catholic Charities Chief Operating Officer. "We are always looking to find opportunities to serve areas within a community that we haven't reached yet, so we are really depending upon those who do such great work with the program here."
Thus far, approximately 2,800 participants are receiving WIC services in Chautauqua County.
In a competitive bid process, the state Health Department selected Catholic Charities to operate WIC in Erie, Niagara and Chautauqua counties through September 2020. Catholic Charities began providing the WIC program in Chautauqua County on Oct. 7.
"We went through a transition period and now we're celebrating opening the program under Catholic Charities," said Judette Dahleiden, Catholic Charities WIC director. "We also want people to know that are here in the same locations as before in Chautauqua County."
Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services had administered the WIC Program most recently in that county.
Catholic Charities has been the sole provider of WIC in Erie County since October 2009, following the transition of services from the Erie County Department of Health. In Niagara County, Catholic Charities has administered the program since 1985.
The five current Chautauqua County WIC locations will remain the same under Catholic Charities. They are: 326 Central Ave., Dunkirk; 200 Harrison St., Jamestown; 58 S. Portage St., Westfield; 35 Park Place, Silver Creek; and 113 Church St., Sherman.
The federal WIC Special Supplemental Nutrition Program provides food, participant-centered nutrition education and referrals for eligible pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and infants and children under the age of 5.
According to the New York State Department of Health, WIC program participants have longer, healthier pregnancies and fewer premature births.
Catholic Charities WIC serves about 21,000 participants each month in Erie and Niagara counties, operating out of nine full-time sites and six sites on a part-time basis.
To learn more about WIC or to make an appointment for any WIC site, please call (716) 218-1484 or go to ccwny.org/wic. For information on any other services Catholic Charities offers, please call (716) 856-4494 or visit our website at ccwny.org.
For more information on the new LEMS Pediatrics services, visit brookshospital.org/pediatrics or call 672-2000 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
Catholic Charities served more than 142,000 people in need in Western New York in 2014. For 92 years, Catholic Charities has been making a difference for people of every faith and ethnicity in Western New York. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. It is the most comprehensive human service provider serving Western New York. Catholic Charities is an excellent steward of the contributions it receives. Catholic Charities receives the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management, and the agency receives the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.
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