January 18, 2014 | Vol. 95, No. 15

Hurley area residents face loss of WIC retail locations

HURLEY - With the announcement that Super One Foods in Hurley will close in early March, local Wisconsin residents will have to find alternatives to purchase items through state-run programs.

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SUPER ONE Foods employee Sarah Slavin scans Women, Infants and Children-approved items Friday in Hurley. Local residents who purchase WIC-approved items, such as baby food, formula, whole wheat bread, milk and peanut butter, will have to find another location in Wisconsin after Super One\'s Hurley store closes in early March.

According to Zona Wick, health officer for the Iron County Health Department, residents who receive support through the Women, Infants and Children program may have to travel to purchase the items they need.

"It has to stay in Wisconsin," Wick said. "At this time, Wisconsin does not have reciprocity with Michigan."

However, food sharings benefits, through the Wisconsin Quest EBT card, are available in Michigan.

According to the Iron County Human Services Department, even though the program is run in Wisconsin, it can be used in all neighboring states.

Wick said they are working on shopping alternatives for those in line for WIC benefits.

"Some local convenient stores are looking to become WIC-approved, and we'll get that information out as soon as we can," Wick said. "This is terrible inconvenience and serious issue for our WIC families who, often times, already have financial concerns. Sometimes traveling for them is not an option. We're working hard on getting them services and products as close to their home as possible."

For more information on food sharing services in Wisconsin, call the Iron County Human Services Department at 715-561-3636. To learn more about WIC, call the Iron County Health Department at 715-561-2191.