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Lincoln County WIC (Women, Infants and Children) staff are scheduled to be at the Newport Farmers Market Saturday, June 29 and July 27 to hand out Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers to WIC clients.

In Lincoln City, the WIC staff are scheduled be at the Lincoln City Cultural Center Sunday, June 30 and July 28 (inside the building). WIC staff will be at each of the market locations from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The FMNP provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to WIC participants, and to expand the awareness, use of and sales at farmers' markets.

A variety of fresh, nutritious, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs may be purchased with FMNP coupons. WIC Farmer’s Market Fruit & Veggie Vouchers come in a $28 booklet to qualified clients. WIC recipients may spend their vouchers on fresh fruits and vegetables, from June through November 30, with authorized farmers at farm stands and farmers’ markets.

WIC receives enough funding to offer Farm Direct checks to approximately 25 percent of enrolled WIC participants each year. WIC is a USDA public health program designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors for nutritionally at-risk young families.

The WIC Program provides supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and non-breastfeeding post-partum women, and to infants and children up to five years of age, who are found to be at nutritional risk.

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