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January 22nd, 2009
San Marcos gives up Bastrop WIC program


The City of San Marcos, which administrates WIC programs in five counties, is giving up one of them next month.

Starting on Feb. 4, the administration for the Bastrop County WIC program will shift to the City of Austin. San Marcos will still administrate the WIC programs in Hays, Caldwell, Comal and Guadalupe Counties.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides food, health care referrals and nutritional education to low income pregnant and postpartum women and their children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Texas Department of Health. About 11,500 women and children are served through the San Marcos office each month.

Though the Bastrop County clinics in Bastrop and Elgin will now be administrated through Austin, those clients will see no change in services, according to DerryAnn Gonzales, WIC Program Manager in San Marcos.

“In order to continue to serve all our clients in an efficient and cost effective manner, San Marcos chose to relinquish this service area,” Gonzales said. “The City of Austin, closer to Bastrop, will continue the high standards of WIC services.”  
The WIC offices at 443 Highway 21 in Bastrop and at 218 S. Main in Elgin will close at their usual noon time on Friday, Jan. 30, and reopen on Wednesday, Feb. 4 under the management of the City of Austin.

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