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WIC holds open house at new facility on Burhans Boulevard

March 30, 2012
  • New location of WIC Program at the former County Market on North Burhans Blvd.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

The Washington County Women, Infants and Children program held an open house Friday afternoon to show the public its new home on Burhans Boulevard in Hagerstown.

Janice Besecker, local WIC agency coordinator, said the new site, which used to house the Giant Eagle supermarket at 947 N. Burhans Blvd., was needed to accommodate an increasing number of clients.

Among other things, WIC offers nutrition advice and assistance to help needy mothers buy milk, eggs, cheese and other essential food items for their children.

When WIC moved in 2005 to its former headquarters at 140 W. Franklin St. in Hagerstown, the agency served 2,700 people. That number soared to 4,300 when WIC moved to the new facility late last year, Besecker said.

“We just ran out of space,” she said. “We were just landlocked and needed more room.”

She said WIC wanted to wait until spring to hold its open house.

The agency, which also offers prenatal and postpartum education, has a satellite office at 66 W. Church St. in Hancock, according to the Washington County Health Department’s website.

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