Joseph Alfiere, Tyler Alfiere and Chance Pelfroy check out a ferret at the Healthy Baby Festival in Niagara Falls.
About 500 people of all ages attended the free 2017 WIC Healthy Baby Festival, hosted by Catholic Charities Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Activities for children and information for parents were features of the Aug. 2 event held in Hyde Park in Niagara Falls.
Games, face painting, crafts, educational resources, prizes and giveaways were part of the two-hour event.
Catholic Charities WIC hosted the festival in celebration of World Breastfeeding Week
(Aug. 1-7), to raise awareness about the significance and benefits that breastfeeding provides.
The Healthy Baby Festival was supported by 30 local community agencies across Niagara, Erie, and Chautauqua counties, offering resources and activities. Among the participants were Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Mt. St. Mary's Hospital and Healthy Families Niagara.
The event received support from the annual Catholic Charities Appeal.
All were encouraged to attend, especially expectant mothers, families and caregivers. Additionally, anyone interested in learning more about breastfeeding or in support of the importance of a healthy start for babies was welcome.
"Hyde Park was an ideal location for our Healthy Baby Festival, as children and families could cool off in the splash pad while still learning about the important topics like infant and childhood nutrition, safety and education," said Katie Constantino, Catholic Charities WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator. "It was a beautiful and beneficial afternoon for all who attended."
Catholic Charities WIC program serves more than 6,000 residents throughout Niagara County with four locations. In total, the program served more than 25,000 women and children up to the age of five in 20 locations in Erie, Niagara, and Chautauqua counties in 2016.
WIC offers nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food vouchers. WIC services are available through application to married or single parents, foster parents or other legal guardians of a child under five. All services offered are free of charge.
For more information about WIC, go to ccwny.org/wic, or call 716-218-1484.
Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need since its founding in 1923. That need is varied and widespread - from emergency assistance to counseling and from specialized services for the elderly to help with job training and education. 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 assess its clients for other needs to ensure long-term success.
Catholic Charities receives the highest-possible rating (four stars) from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management and the highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service.
For further information about the organization and its services, contact Catholic Charities at (716) 856-4494 or go to ccwny.org. You can also check out Catholic Charities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ccbuffalo
, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ccbuffalo
and on Instagram at Instagram.com/catholiccharitiesbuffalo.