The Iowa Department of Public Health announces additional assistance for WIC families following the destruction of the August 10 derecho. Families living in the 16 counties designated under the federal disaster declaration are eligible.
“We understand families may be concerned about food lost during power outages. This assistance will help replace food supplies that were damaged,” said Jill Lange, IDPH Chief of the Bureau of Nutrition and Physical Activity.
WIC families currently receiving benefits and living in Benton, Boone, Cedar, Clinton, Dallas, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Linn, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Story and Tama counties can request to replace WIC foods. WIC foods purchased between the dates of August 1 and 10 and destroyed or spoiled as the result of storm damage or power outage may be replaced. Any WIC foods purchased after August 10 are not eligible for replacement. WIC families must contact their local WIC agency no later than August 31 to be considered for food replacement.
Visit the IDPH website at https://idph.iowa.gov/WIC for more information on WIC and to find local offices.