A WIC Success Story

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A prime example of how the WIC program works. This national nutrition program serves to ensure the health of low-income women, infants and children up to age five, who are at nutritional risk.

The services include providing food, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care. For one woman WIC provided much more than she hoped.

The program helped make the impossible, possible.

Amanda was blessed with three children, after she was told she couldn’t have even one. Now, her children are the reason she has decided to change her life.

“It’s been stressful. I spent many nights wondering how I could make payments,” Day said.

Something she really never had to worry about before, but she realized working in the food industry wasn’t going to be enough to support a family.

“Especially when my babies were tiny and they were like failure to thrive, but they made it through with the help of a program that’s designed for infants, women and children,” Day said.

A son with disabilities, another born prematurely and a third requiring special formula, stretched her finances and her time.

“Cereal, peanut butter, milk, juice, special formula ... all of those things you aren’t going to be able to do it on a low income,” Day said and bettering herself, didn’t seem to be an option.

“Go to school fulltime, associates, bachelor, masters through online learning all the while raising my children,” Day said.

Now she’s a registered nurse working on her PHD.

“Hey guys, it’s not a bad thing to come here. It’s a positive step in the right direction to get back on your feet,” Day said.

Her dreams don’t stop here. She hopes to become an International Health Practitioner in Bowling Green as a way of giving back to a community that’s helped her in so many ways.

“I always say God knows more than we do,” Day said.

After all she is living the life she thought she’d never have.

For more information about the WIC program, log onto www.fns.unsda.gov/wic/ or to view an example WIC check, click here.