BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC 33/FOX 44) CareSouth Medical and Dental is offering curbside service for its WIC program to ensure that families still receive nutritious food during the quarantine.
Due to COVID-19, the USDA recently waived certain requirements for participants to receive WIC benefits. Appointments can be made over the phone and curbside services are offered at various CareSouth locations.
Curbside services include providing required information to staff over the phone. Staff will then load benefits to your card from the clinic. Please remember to bring your ID and current WIC EBT card if you already have one.
“We’re happy to be able to continue to provide healthy food for our families, while practicing social distancing,” said CareSouth CEO Matthew Valliere. “We’ve been offering curbside service since March 23 and it’s going really good.”
Valliere says the clinic has been receiving more inquiries lately due to residents losing their jobs or being furloughed.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children also known as the WIC program provides healthy food for women and infants and children up to five years old.
Participants receive eggs, juice, cheese, fruits and vegetables, beans, and infant formula among other things. The program also offers breastfeeding support, nutrition education and referrals to other social services.
Women who are pregnant, just had a baby or breastfeeding as well as those who have infants and children up to five years old are eligible for the program.
To apply, you must have a picture ID, show proof of Louisiana residency and income or currently receive Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF.
CareSouth WIC locations:
CareSouth WIC @MLK; 4142 Gus Young Ave
Baton Rouge, LA – 70802
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Friday (225) 388-5861
3111 Florida Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Friday; (225) 650-2093 or (225) 650-2019
904 Catalpa Street
Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon Friday; (225) 264-6800
For more information or to apply, call (225) 650-2093 or (225) 650-2019.