Kyle’s WIC program getting settled into its new home
Hays County Commissioner Pct. 1 Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Pct. 2 Commissioner Mark Jones and Lon Shell, chief of staff to County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., recently stopped by the offices of the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program in Kyle to talk with employees about their new office home at 150 Lockhart Street, which is leased from Hays County.
The city of San Marcos operates the WIC program in Kyle and in San Marcos, where it leases another county property at 401-C Broadway Street.
“There is a definite need in the northern IH-35 corridor of Hays County for WIC services,” Jones said. “Many WIC clients already find traveling a hardship, and now no longer need to arrange transportation to San Marcos.”
“Hays County appreciates our leasing partnership with the city of San Marcos,” Ingalsbe said. “Through it, the WIC program has the office space it needs and county buildings are being used productively to benefit residents.”
WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. WIC provides nutrition education and counseling, nutritious foods and referrals to other services. WIC services are free to low-income families.
“We opened in October and now serve approximately 1,300 women, infants and children per month from our Kyle office,” DerryAnn Martinez, assistant director of Community Services for the WIC Program, said. “A WIC clinic in the Kyle area was very much welcomed.”
The clinic in Kyle is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to noon. Call them at (512) 268-0003.