The WIC program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program that provides services to Johnson County families who qualify. The goal is to promote healthy living among pregnant and breastfeeding women, new moms and children under five. WIC is a federally-funded program that is offered nationwide. And, it’s celebrating its 45th birthday this month.
Next week, Johnson County’s WIC program will celebrate its birthday by kicking-off its community garden growing season. The WIC community garden serves to educate, empower and feed the clients in the program to create a healthier community. The kickoff event is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 26. Volunteers are needed at the event. Children and adults are welcome. Tools, gloves and gardening education are provided to volunteers.
“We’re committed to improving the health of all Johnson County residents by improving access to healthy foods in our community,” said Laura Grimmett, WIC Program Manager. “The WIC garden is all about offering clients the chance to learn about and prepare healthier foods for their families through better access to fresh produce. The project relies heavily on volunteers, so we encourage anyone interested to join us as we grow food for those in need.”
Volunteers are also are needed every Tuesday morning, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. All produce harvested from the garden goes to WIC client families in Johnson County. The garden is located at 11875 S. Sunset Dr., in Olathe, on the north side of the Health Services Building.
Sign up to volunteer. Registration is not necessary for the kickoff event.