Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media and KBIA

Chantelle DosRemedios was pregnant with her second child when she and her husband both lost their jobs in Rhode Island. Like millions of others, she depended on a federal program designed to aid in early childhood development to keep her children fed. Moms and kids who qualify can participate in a federal program called Women, Infants and Children, or WIC . The program provides nutritious food packages and other benefits to some eight million moms and young kids nationwide.

Hope Kirwan / KBIA

The Columbia Farmer’s Market brings many different people together on Saturday mornings. Thanks to a local food program run by Sustainable Farms and Communities , this includes low-income families who can receive extra help to purchase fresh and locally-produced foods. Access to Healthy Foods is a dollar-for-dollar matching program that began in 2011. Any family who receives benefits from the government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is eligible to receive up to $25 extra...

WIC remains open despite government shutdown

Oct 3, 2013

The Missouri Women, Infants and Children Program, or WIC, remains open despite government shutdown. WIC is a nutrition program providing nutrition information and checks redeemable for supplemental food at no cost to low-income families that qualify for the program. Some of the main primary services provided are health screening, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and referrals to health care. Its one of the programs not affected yet by the federal...