State wins award for low income nutrition program

Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Alaska's food and nutrition program for low income residents is the best in the country, according to the federal government.

The program, known as the Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program for Women Infants and Children, won the U.S. Department of Agriculture Dan Glickman Pyramid of Excellence Award.

''We were the only WIC program to get the award,'' said Karen Pearson, deputy director of the Alaska Division of Public Health, which administers the program.

Alaska has 27 WIC hubs that serve 12 villages accessible only by water, air, or sled dogs during the winter. Women who qualify receive nutritional advice and vouchers for free food.

The program makes accommodations for participants, especially those who are rural, by substituting certain foods and streamlining the application process.

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