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WIC Program Public Meetings

[38 Pa.B. 323]
[Saturday, January 12, 2008]

   The Department of Health (Department) announces three public meetings on the following dates at the location indicated to receive comments and suggestions about the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

Harrisburg
10 a.m.--3 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
PA WIC State Agency Office
2150 Herr Street
1st Floor, Suite B
Harrisburg, PA 17103-1625

Philadelphia
10 a.m.--3 p.m.
Friday, March 28, 2008
NORTH, Inc.
642 North Broad Street, Suite 101
Philadelphia, PA 19130-3409

Natrona Heights
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
10 a.m.--3 p.m.
Natrona Heights WIC Office
2418 Freeport Road
Natrona Heights, PA 15065

   The Department invites comments on all aspects of the WIC Program's operations, including the interim final rule revising the WIC food packages published in the Federal Register on December 6, 2007. The revisions align the WIC food packages with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the current infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The revised food packages retain the same food categories, but add new food categories and optional substitutions for some current food categories to better meet the needs of WIC's diverse population. Persons wishing to provide comments at the public meetings are requested to preregister with the Pennsylvania WIC Program Office by calling Bonnie Mellott, WIC Education/Outreach Coordinator at (717) 783-1289. Those unable to attend are encouraged to submit comments to the Division of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Department of Health, 2150 Herr Street, 1st Floor, Suite B, Harrisburg, PA 17103-1625. Written comments will be accepted until May 31, 2008.

   Written comments and those presented at the meetings will be used in developing the State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the WIC Program for the 2009 Federal Fiscal Year, which runs October 1, 2008, to September 30, 2009. Additional information about the meetings or the State Plan may be obtained by calling the State Office at (717) 783-1289.

   Persons with a disability who require an alternative format of this Notice (for example, large print, audiotape, Braille) or wish to attend the meetings, preregister or provide comments should contact Bonnie Mellott at (717) 783-1289 or for speech and/or hearing impaired persons V/TT (717) 783-6514 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at (800) 654-5984.

   These meetings are subject to cancellation without notice.

CALVIN B. JOHNSON, M. D., M.P.H.,   
Secretary

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 08-70. Filed for public inspection January 11, 2008, 9:00 a.m.]



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