ATLANTA – Union County was among 28 winners in the Southeast to win WIC Breastfeeding Award of Excellence from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

“USDA established the award program to recognize WIC local agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support to WIC moms,” said Willie Taylor, FNS Southeast regional administrator. “The intent is to provide models to help other WIC clinics strengthen their breastfeeding programs to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates nationwide.”

A major goal of the WIC program is to improve the health of babies and moms through breastfeeding. WIC serves about half of all babies born in the country and is positioned to help moms successfully breastfeed.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack proclaimed Aug. 1 to 7 to be National WIC Breastfeeding Week in appreciation of breastfeeding mothers and dedicated volunteers, professionals, communities and organizations who support their efforts.

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