WIC program's virtual assistant now offering help to Spanish-speaking New Yorkers
Only 59% of Latinos and or Hispanics eligible for the Women, Infants and Children program are using it, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The New York state Department of Health launched a new tool to get that number up.
DOH says it expanded its virtual the WIC assistant Wanda to offer real-time help in Spanish.
Through Wanda, a person can learn about the WIC program by answering a series of questions and then can be connected to a local office by putting in their ZIP code. Since the expansion, the department says about a third of its traffic to Wanda has been in the Spanish language.
Those eligible for WIC can get access to nutrition education, breastfeeding support, referrals to other services and more. Click here to find out more information.