The Women, Infants and Children Program at the Paiute Neighborhood Center will see a few changes after the Scottsdale City Council approved on consent an amendment to a license agreement.
The city and Maricopa County have a revocable license agreement to allow the WIC program to use space at the Paiute Neighborhood Center, 6535 E. Osborn Road. The approval came at the council’s March 17 meeting held at City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
The initial agreement allowed the program to use the space from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday if desired with the option to use the space until 7 p.m. one night a week.
The amendment changes the time restrictions to 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday as well as 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday. City staff say the amendment also allows for some “future administrative adjustments to the times and places of use.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, brokerage services at Paiute Neighborhood Center are temporarily closed. People looking for WIC services can still get help via phone at 602-506-9333.
Maricopa County originally entered into a license agreement with Scottsdale in 2017, which is set to last until Oct. 31 of this year. There are options for two one-year extensions following the expiration of the original agreement. The county is paying a monthly fee, totaling almost $5,000 a year for use of the space.
The city views the WIC Program as one that gives nutritional guidance, supplemental foods, support and referrals.
City staff also say the program works hand in hand with other agencies in the center such as Scottsdale Family Resource Center, Scottsdale Community Assistance Office, Maricopa County Head Start and Early Head Start, Hirsch Academy and the Charro’s Branch of the Greater Scottsdale Boys and Girls Club.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture established WIC in 1975 as a short-term intervention program aimed at influencing lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in “targeted, high-risk populations.”
The county operates the program locally, which provides nutritional education and breastfeeding support services, supplemental nutritious foods and referrals for pregnant, breastfeeding and portpartum women as well as infants and children under the age of 5.
In order to qualify, women, infants and children must meet the income guidelines and be determined to be a “nutritional risk.”
City staff further claim WIC isn’t a welfare program but rather a health and nutrition program. The program also encourages physical activity for all family members and provides personalized nutrition counseling.