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Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents and Children receives funding for families during holiday months

The Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents and Children recently boosted benefits in the women...
The Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents and Children recently boosted benefits in the women and children's nutrition program for the month of November and December.(Julie Swisher/KTVF)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 4:09 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Resource Center for Parents and Children (RCPC), has recently boosted benefits in the women and children’s nutrition program for the month of November and December.

With funds given to the organization from the American Rescue Plan Act, RCPC reports being able to better help families in the community who qualify just in time for the holiday season.

Wendy Carpenter, Coordinator with RCPC says she encourages families to apply, adding thar with their improved app, it’s never been easier.

“We just want folks to know that we have the capacity to help right now and we are not taking it away from anybody,” Carpenter said. “The money is out there to help so we just want to make sure that people know that, [and] they are probably eligible even if they don’t think they are. They may be eligible to just give us a call, we can help.”

Currently, the Fairbanks area serves roughly 1,700 families, and Carpenter said that with the funding available they can now serve more qualified homes.

The Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Supplementary Food Program is a nutrition program that helps with food insecurity for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers, and young children under the age of 5. WIC is not limited to just women with children but is a program open to married and single parents, fathers, grandparents, foster parents, or legal guardians of children under 5 who qualify for the program regardless of whether they are working or non-working.

WIC checks provided by the organization help families purchase healthy foods such as whole grains, milk, and fruits and vegetables.

For more information about receiving benefits or to talk to someone regarding eligibility, the RCPC walk-in clinic is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 726 26th Ave, Suite 2 in Fairbanks. You can also call (907) 456-2866, or visit https://www.rcpcfairbanks.org/wic-program/

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