Local agency providing free baby formula during government shutdown
EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA — With no end in sight to the government shutdown, Southeast Community Health Systems is providing free baby formula to new moms.
WIC benefits will continue through the end of October, according to DHH.
If you delivered a baby this month, you can pick up formula at two separate locations:
- East Baton Rouge Parish: In Zachary, the clinic is located on Main Street
- St. Helena Parish: In Greensburg, the clinic is located on Sitman Street
Make sure to bring your hospital discharge papers, and a form of identification.
DHH will provide WIC participants with a full month of benefits for October, not a partial month, as participants previously had been advised. Participants who received partial WIC benefits on October 1 and October 2 will have to return to their local WIC office to receive the rest of their October benefits.
Additionally, the program will be able to accept new applicants during October.
Grocery stores and other businesses that accept WIC are being advised that they should honor the WIC vouchers until the end of October. The federally funded program serves an average of 140,000 total individuals, including mothers, infants and children up to the age of five, per month in Louisiana.
For continued updated on the WIC program, click here.