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Nevada's WIC program offering support to families during pandemic

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 01:07:22-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program has a plethora of supportive services available to assist families with coping and surviving the COVID-19 pandemic currently affecting the Southern Nevada community.

“Everyone at WIC is extremely passionate and dedicated to helping Nevadans stay positive and connected to vital community resources during this deadly coronavirus pandemic,” Lawanda Torres, Clinic Coordinator of the Flamingo West Office, said. “It is critically important that everyone stays focused and vigilant during the upcoming winter months when a second wave of the epidemic is expected to take place. Please, look after yourself, your family and friends, and neighbors! Please feel free to reach out to either of our two WIC offices for immediate help and guidance.”

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WIC offers a myriad of online resources on its website WICLV.ORG.

Nevadans can also go to OpenCounseling.com if you are experiencing any type of crisis such as thoughts of suicide, veterans undergoing emotional stress, fears of rape or domestic violence, sexual abuse, and much more. Counselors are available if you need someone to talk about any emotional issues.

Gov. Steve Sisolak recently earmarked $3.1 million for emergency food delivery services to all Nevada WIC families through Dec. 31. In Clark County, Three Square Food Bank has partnered with WIC to deliver food items to homes of qualified WIC families.

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WIC recipients are encouraged to immediately call the Urban League’s two WIC offices or your participating office to apply and make arrangements for home deliveries of food items.

The Las Vegas Urban League Women, Infants, and Children Program is a 501c (3) program that is funded by the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health.