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DANVILLE – The Vermilion County Health Department offers free food for families with children 5 years old and younger through its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Food and Nutrition Service program.

Public Health Administrator Douglas Toole said the Vermilion County Health Department can serve 66 area families through the WIC program.

“We have plenty of spots open,” he said.

Some of the food items families can receive for free are milk, cereal, peanut butter, bread and produce. Families also may receive coupons to be used at the Danville Farmers’ Market.

Toole said he doesn’t understand why more Vermilion County families do not participate in the program.

“We’ll get them for a year or a year and a half after their child is born and then it drops off,” he said. “We’d like to have them in the program until their child is 5.”

The only requirement is to visit the health department four times a year, and meet with a nutritionist or a nurse at least two of those times, Toole said.

More information about the WIC program is available by calling the health department, 200 S. College St., at 431-2662.

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