Family Nutrition Programs

Submitted by Anonymous on September 5, 2007 - 3:56pm

Kathleen Wayne

Family Nutrition Program Manager

FNP Mission Statement:
To support Alaskan families in making nutrition decisions for life-long health and wellbeing.

WIC Staff and Services Information

Programs are funded annually by approximately $25 million in federal grants from the US Department of Agriculture:

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) *
($22,800,000) provides supplemental foods, breastfeeding promotion and counseling, review of immunization status, general health assessment, and general and high-risk nutrition counseling to eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women and children age 0 to five years old. Applicants must meet income and nutrition risk criteria.
 Average Monthly Caseload: 25,097 (SFY06)
 Average Food Package Cost: $46.00
 Average number of WIC Warrants issued each month:
 Average Participant Duration: 18 months
 17 Grantees with 29 Clinics
 Average monthly food redemptions (contributed to local economy): $1,447,600.

• WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program ($203,200) provides vouchers for WIC participants to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at Farmers’ Markets. Program has grown from issuing coupons worth $22,000 in 1998 to $189,515 in 2006. Program serves 16,000+ participants in Anchorage, Mat-Su, Kenai, Homer, Dillingham, Fairbanks & surrounding areas.

• Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program ($67,800) provides coupons to low income-eligible seniors to purchase locally grown fruits and vegetables at Farmers’ Markets. Program is offered in Anchorage/Mat-Su and Fairbanks region with 2500 participating seniors.

• Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) ($130,300) offers food packages to income-eligible seniors, pregnant/postpartum/breast feeding women and children up to age six years old. Programs located in Anchorage/ Mat-Su and Fairbanks. Program started in FY 03 with 1199 participants each month and has grown to 2277 in FY 2006. Senior citizens make up 85 percent of the caseload.

• Alaska Food Coalition ($65,000) Membership includes 30 non-profit and faith-based agencies working everyday to help feed hungry Alaskans in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Kenai, Soldotna, Nome, Dillingham, Bethel, Juneau, Kodiak, and many more.

Family Nutrition Programs in Alaska

Statewide Target Population

Alaskan Natives, working poor, and homeless

Areas identified for Capacity Building

Mat –Su, Southeast Fairbanks, Bethel , and Southeast Alaska

Nutrition Themes

1 st quarter

2 nd quarter

3 rd quarter

4 th Quarter

Play Time So Good For Me

Water, Water So Good For Me

Five A Day the Alaska Way

Family Meals and Breastfeeding:  The Heart of Good Eating

nbsp; WIC Caseload

FY

2003

2004

2005

2006

% change

Women

71,259

74,982

71,650

74,007

3.28%

Infants

73,107

76,124

71,646

72,048

0.56%

Children

161,772

168,342

162,323

155,508

-4.38%

Total

306,088

319,448

305,619

302,340

-1.08%

Note: Revised caseload figures as a result of long term over count error.

Breastfeeding Rates FFY 2006

 

Initiation

6 Months

12 Months

Health People 2010 National Goals

75%

50%

25%

Alaska WIC

84%

46%

25%

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2005 National Immunization ( NIS ) Breastfeeding and Duration Rates