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December 14, 2010

Children in the Nassau County WIC Program Receive Free Books

Books Help Teach About the WIC Program


Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano has announced that children who participate in the Department of Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will have even more new books to own and read this season. This was made possible through the efforts of the students and staff at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square. The school, under the direction of Mrs. Dorothy Drexel,recently held several school wide events to raise money and collect books for First Book-Long Island ( First Book-Long Island donated the books from these events to the WIC program. First Book - Long Island, an all volunteer organization, isa local branch of the national nonprofit First Book and serves Nassau & Suffolk Counties. The mission of this group is to give children from low-income families the opportunity to read and own their first new books.

“I would like to thank the students and staff of H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square for this wonderful example of community service,” said Ed Mangano. “I applaud the First Book program for promoting literacy, encouraging reading and making these books accessible to the children of the Nassau County WIC program.”

Books have recently played another important role in the WIC program.  Rosemary Flynn, a Public Health Nutritionist in the WIC program is featured in the newly published 101 Careers in Public Health.  In this book that describes the many diverse roles of public health workers, Rosemary discusses her work as a nutritionist in the WIC program.  “We are proud of our WIC program and the staff who work everyday to improve the health of the women, infants and children who visit our sites,” said Commissioner of Health Maria Torroella Carney, MD, FACP.

The WIC Program is a federally-funded supplemental nutrition and education program that provides vouchers for foods and infant formula to women, infants and children who qualify under the federal nutritional and financial need guidelines. Nassau WIC currently provides services to over 13,500 participants monthly at five sites located in community-based agencies or health centers in Elmont, Westbury-New Cassel, Freeport-Roosevelt, Hempstead, and Glen Cove.

WIC works for working families.  Families with incomes up to 185% of poverty level are eligible to receive WIC benefits. For example, a pregnant woman, her husband and their one child is considered a family of four and is eligible for WIC if their weekly gross income is below $ 785.00 (gross annual income less than $40,793.00).

For additional information about the WIC program visit the Nassau County Department of Health website at or call the WIC office at 516.227.9453.