WIC to expand hours in San Angelo
The two San Angelo locations of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is expanding its hours to better serve its clients.
Along with being open from 7 a.m.-noon and from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, the main office at 52 W. College Ave. will also be open from 8 a.m. until noon the first Saturday each month, beginning in May. Clients wanting Saturday services must make an appointment in advance. The WIC office is in the Community Development Building next to City Hall.
At Goodfellow Air Force Base, the WIC program will be open from 8 a.m.-noon and from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on the second Tuesday each month, beginning May 8. The WIC program is in Building 145 at 171 Valiant St.
WIC Holiday closure
WIC will be closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.
Familiar face chosen to lead WIC program
Eureste had been serving as WIC’s interim manager since Gillian MacKenzie’s retirement in January.
Women, Infants and Children is a City-administered nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Along with its main offices in the Community Development Building, 52 W. College Ave., WIC has three satellite locations: at Goodfellow Air Force Base, and in Ballinger and Coleman.
“I believe in WIC’s mission because I’ve seen the difference it makes in the lives of mothers and their children,” Eureste said. “San Angelo has one of the best WIC programs in Texas. That’s a testament to the dedication of our staff. I feel fortunate to get to help them help our clients.”
Eureste previously worked six years as a certification specialist, completing nutrition assessments, health histories and blood work, and teaching group classes. Prior to that, she was a social service assistant for 13 years, interviewing and screening clients for program eligibility, and issuing benefits.
Eureste began her career in WIC in 1996 as a breastfeeding peer counselor, teaching new mothers the importance of breastfeeding, sometimes during home and hospital visits.
“Cristina is obviously committed to WIC,” said Morgan Chegwidden, assistant director of the City’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department. “She understands the breadth and the depth of the services WIC provides – because she has worked in most of them. Her passion and experience will serve her well in leading WIC’s staff to continue to help mothers and their babies.”
WIC offices to be closed July 7-13.
Offices of San Angelo’s Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, program will be closed July 7- 13 as the staff trains on a new software program.
The closures will include the program’s main office downtown and its three satellite locations. WIC clients are encouraged to schedule appointments prior to July 6. WIC plans a light schedule of appointments the week of July 16-19 as staff gains familiarity with the new software.
The software will allow WIC to convert to a paperless system. Among the advantages for clients are they will receive text and email appointment reminders, and client information from other clinics will be accessible to WIC’s staff.
With the conversion to the new system, WIC will not offer any Saturday appointments in July.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Help with breastfeeding and accessing health care and other needs are also provided to those who qualify. We serve San Angelo-Tom Green County and all six surrounding counties. We also support foster parents or grandparents, single moms or dads, military personnel, and everyone in between.
Pregnant, post-partum and breastfeeding women, along with children up to the age of 5, may apply for WIC. Medicaid, food stamps or TANF may automatically qualify you and/or your children for the WIC program. If you currently do not receive any of these benefits, you may still qualify using your income. The most recent income guidelines are listed below. Call one of our offices to schedule an appointment. At that time, we will provide you all the information you will need to bring with you.
WIC income guidelines
Effective July 1, 2017
For contact info, hours or to learn more about how WIC can help you, visit the FAQs page on the left.
For online classes, click here.
WIC satellite locations and hours
First United Methodist Church
1501 N. Broadway St.
7 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. (Accessing the clinic is easiest from North 7th Street or Avenue A.)
303 E. College Ave.
8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays
Goodfellow Air Force Base:
Airman & Family Readiness Center
171 Valiant St.
8 a.m.-noon and 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. on the second Tuesday each month
WIC Breastfeeding Information
Main Phone Number: 325-655-4347
On Call Cell Phone Number: 325-234-0875
Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite
The San Angelo WIC office at Goodfellow Air Force Base is the latest employer to be designated by the Department of State Health Services as a Texas Mother-Friendly Worksite.
Juggling work with caring for an infant can be tough. We are pleased to do our part to support working mothers everywhere.