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UPDATED ADVISORY CONCERNING ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, THE PRACTICE OF “VAPING,” “JUULING” AND USE OF OTHER ELECTRONIC NICOTINE DELIVERY SYSTEMS OR ENDS

Tennessee Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federally-funded program designed to provide supplemental food assistance and nutrition education to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children until age five.  In addition to providing healthy supplemental foods, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support, the program also provides referrals to other health, welfare, and community-based services.  WIC has proven to be effective in preventing and improving nutrition related health problems.

The WIC Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  WIC services are provided through the Tennessee Department of Health in 124 county health departments, stand-alone clinics, and hospital sites throughout the state.  The program serves about 130,000 eligible participants each month.  Participants must be a Tennessee resident, meet the gross income guidelines and be determined to be at nutritional or medical risk.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT OR CALL 1-800-DIAL-WIC (1-800-342-5942)

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1)            mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture 
                Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
                1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
                Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2)           fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3)          email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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For special accommodations contact Luvenia Harrison, ADA Coordinator / Civil Rights Compliance Officer, TDH,  Luvenia.Harrison@tn.gov or (615) 741-9421.