The Mesa County Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program has received reserve funding that will allow operations to continue as usual through February, amid a partial government shutdown. WIC participants will be notified early of any changes past the end of February.

Current and potential WIC participants and their families should know that no services are being cut back at this time.

  • WIC clinics will maintain normal schedules. Appointments will not be cancelled and WIC clinic staff is available to assist participants.
  • WIC transactions at grocery stores will be processed normally.
  • WIC is still accepting new participants.

“We understand that this is a stressful time for our WIC families,” Mesa County Public Health (MCPH) WIC Program Manager Karla Klemm said. “Our funding is distributed through the Colorado WIC state office and their team is monitoring this situation closely, working hard to maximize the reserve funding.”

Klemm said at this time there’s no reason for clients to worry and encourages residents who’d like to use WIC services to sign up. She also noted that the best source for information about WIC is the MCPH website and/or your WIC educator.

“A lot of rumors about WIC funding are flying around through word-of-mouth and social media. We’re committed to transparency, so families should be contacting us with any concerns they might have,” Klemm said.

WIC improves the lives and health of its 2,800 Mesa County participants through nutrition education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and more, but it also makes a difference in our community.

  • WIC lowers Medicaid costs by helping to combat poor nutrition at an early stage rather than treating the effects once it becomes more serious.
  • For every dollar spent on WIC, up to $3 is saved in future medical costs.
  • Women who participate in WIC give birth to healthier babies.
  • Children in WIC are current on their immunizations and are more likely to have regular health care.
  • Health care costs are reduced due to the decrease in the number of low-birth-weight babies.

Click here to learn more about WIC.