Howard University Hospital (HUH) has opened a new Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Family Center at the Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling (JBAB) in Washington, DC.

The new WIC centre is located at 53 MacDill Boulevard (Building 53).

It tends to provide access to healthy foods, nutritional and educational counselling, breastfeeding support, and community-based social services for low-income military families with infants and children.

WIC is a Federal supplemental nutrition programme that safeguards low-income, pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, and children below five years with nutritional or medical risks.

As part of the programme, military families will receive vouchers for healthy foods such as skim milk, eggs, wheat, fresh fruits and vegetables. The low-income families will also be eligible to receive cereal, infant foods and formula for their infants.

HUH CARES public health programme director Davene White said: “Poverty and lack of health care access among military families are quite often overlooked with many families living well below the poverty line.

“Howard University Hospital is proud to open a new WIC centre at Joint Base Anacostia – Bolling, which will help eliminate barriers and provide local military families with valuable nutrition education and resources to address their dietary and health needs.”

To be qualified for the HUH nutritional programme, a WIC household of three should earn an income of less than $37,000 per annum, which is below the US Poverty Income Guidelines.

The qualified applicants, who are considered to have nutritional risks, are screened by healthcare professionals for dietary and other medical-based risks such as anaemia, low weight, pregnancy complications, or poor pregnancy outcomes.