Councilwoman/Mayoral candidate Jan Perry
Manchester WIC Center Celebrates One-Year Anniversary with Health Fair for Area Residents where Perry encourages area residents to take advantage of the checks for nutritious foods, nutrition and health services WIC provides free of charge to eligible women, infants and children
Los Angeles, CA—South Los Angeles residents–some of them WIC participants, others not–joined Los Angeles City Councilwoman Jan Perry and staff of South Los Angeles Health Projects (SLAHP) Thursday, August 23, in celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Manchester WIC Center.
“There is much to celebrate,” SLAHP Executive Director Steve Baranov said. “In the midst of a rocky economy, we opened a new WIC center one year ago and have been providing eligible area residents checks for nutritious food, nutrition education, a wide variety of valuable breastfeeding education and support, parenting education and immunization education—all for free.”
“In this troubled economy, other nonprofits have had to close their doors or reduce their services, but luckily for area residents, we at WIC have been able to expand our services,” Baranov said.
Councilwoman Jan Perry was on hand to celebrate. She has been associated with South LA Health Projects since 2005, when her staff and SLAHP staff worked together to bring a farmers market to the 9th District.
“I hope my presence here today will emphasize to the community that WIC is here to help them improve their health,” Perry said. “In South LA, many low-income residents struggle to feed their children nutritious food and to keep them healthy. Thank goodness eligible women, infants and children can take advantage of WIC’s free nutrition and health services.”
SLAHP celebrated with balloons and displays, but primarily with a health fair where children could receive free back-to-school immunizations; and vision, hearing, anemia, and dental screenings. Physical exams were provided by the COACH for Kids Mobile Unit. The various screenings were provided by area community health clinics.
At the health fair adults were able to take advantage of free health screenings, blood pressure readings, diabetes/glucose readings and weight and height measurement.
SLAHP often hosts health fairs to encourage the community to learn about WIC, but the services provided at the health fairs are not typical of WIC, which promotes good health primarily through its food checks and extensive health education and support.
“We encourage area residents to visit the Manchester WIC Center or any of our other WIC centers to learn more about what we offer and whether they are eligible,” Baranov said. “They can walk right in without an appointment and ask questions, or phone us for information.”
Women, including teenagers, who are pregnant, have recently had a baby or are breastfeeding will qualify for WIC if they meet other requirements.
Not only mothers but also fathers, foster parents, grandparents and other guardians can enroll an infant or child in WIC if other requirements are met. Children through the age of four years may qualify. Migrants are welcome to apply.
A person qualifies for WIC based in part upon household income. Some working families may qualify.
The Manchester WIC Center is located at 250 E. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90003. The center is most easily accessed from San Pedro St.
SLAHP’s other offices are located in Bell Gardens, Compton, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Lynwood, Paramount, South Gate and three additional communities in the city of Los Angeles.
South Los Angeles Health Projects is the community services division of Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.