Ten families given car seats thanks to grant funds

The Ripley County Women, Infants and Children office in Milan presented 10 Evenflo car seats to families in need in its Bump to Buckle car seat program, thanks to a $550 grant from Ripley County Community Foundation Youth Outreach.

WIC’s Bump to Buckle program provides car seats to families with children between the ages of 1 and 4 years old who have outgrown their infant car seats.  Staff screens families and their criteria to determine eligibility.  Each car seat cost the agency $55.

“Milan’s WIC office often is asked by local families for assistance with items not paid for by the federally funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children,” stated Jayme Hartzler, RDN, LD, WIC Coordinator.  “On a national basis, the WIC program provides breast-feeding supplies and education, infant formula, a variety of healthy foods and educational services for families living within federal poverty guidelines.

“In Ripley County, WIC serves approximately 175 infants and 475 children each month, but it does not offer non-food items,” Mrs. Hartzler continued.  “In addition to car seats, the office frequently gets requests for diapers and baby wipes.  We often refer our families to other community resources for these items, and also work with the Community Hope Chest in Milan, which can provide donated clothing, shoes and toys to our families.”

“The Highpoint Health Foundation facilitated the request for the grant connecting our WIC program with other resources in Ripley County that will help to enhance our team’s support of WIC clients,” said Sarah Siegrist, Director of Charitable Development and Fundraising for Highpoint Health.

Highpoint Health is the regional sponsor of WIC in Southeastern Indiana.  The Ripley County Women, Infants and Children office is located at 118 W. Indian Trail in Milan.

For more information on WIC programs and services, please contact Mrs. Hartzler at 812-537-4777.

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