Sonney Pleased With Continuation of WIC Services

HARBORCREEK - State Rep. Curt Sonney (R-Harborcreek) today expressed relief that Pennsylvania Department of Health officials will be providing support staff in the wake of the closure of Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program offices in Erie County. The shutdown occurred due to an inability of the local agency to cover payroll expenses.

“It is unfortunate that those who depend on WIC services were inconvenienced through a lack of funding that was already accounted for when the state budget was passed,” Sonney said. “While two days is too long, I’m glad the length of down time was limited to that, and a temporary office is up and running in the interim.”

Representatives from the Department of Health will staff a temporary office starting Thursday, Aug. 15, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the United Neighborhood Facilities Booker T. Washington office, 1720 Holland St., Erie. Standard hours of operation will be in effect until WIC employees are able to return to work.

“The department will be contacting individuals who had appointments in the last two days concerning rescheduling,” added Sonney. “They are also placing a priority on new applicants and anyone needing annual recertification prior to the end of this month.” 

All September WIC checks will be mailed from the state’s central Harrisburg WIC office to recipients currently enrolled in the Erie County WIC program. This includes those recipients who typically pick up their checks.

A toll-free hotline has been established for anyone with additional questions and concerns about the WIC program. That number is 1-855-765-2887.  

WIC is a program funded using money provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, administered by the state and implemented by agencies in each county.

Representative Curt Sonney
4th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Scott Little
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