JFCAC has a wonderful opportunity coming up in the next couple of months. The agency has adopted the stretch of highway between mile markers 5.97 and 7.29 in Union, MO. We will need volunteers to tidy up that area and help with safety. We hope to make this a regular activity every three months. Volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. The first event is April 1st, 10 am to noon. To sign up visit: jfcac.org/volunteers, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 636-789-2686, option 4
Annual Point In Time Count
Point in Time Count is a survey of individuals or families sleeping in places not meant for human habitation or in emergency housing situations. If you are interested in finding out more, email PIT@moboscoc.org or call 636-789-2686, ext. 1501. To download the official press release, click HERE.
St. Clair Office Closed Today
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the St. Clair office location will be closed today, Tuesday, January 3rd, 2023.
For Immediate Release
The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) announces that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2023
Hillsboro, MO, October 18th, 2022 - Hillsboro, MO – Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation announces a contract continuance to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2023 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, new mothers, infants and children up to their 5th birthday based on nutritional risk and income eligibility. The primary services provided are healthy, supplemental food, risk assessment, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, health screening and referrals to health care. To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level and be at nutritional risk. Migrant families are also eligible.
WIC supplemental food packages are specially chosen to provide foods high in protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children receive fortified milk and cheese, eggs, whole grain bread products, hot or cold cereals, 100% fruit juices, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables. The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breastfeeding support, baby foods, and infant cereal. For women who cannot or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental, iron fortified formula. WIC participants obtain their foods by using their eWIC cards for specific items at participating local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Studies confirm that pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, see the doctor earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
WIC is administered in Jefferson County by Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC). Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the JFCAC at 636-789-2686 Option 5. WIC clinics are offered at 105 Municipal Drive Hillsboro, MO 63050 on Mondays and Thursdays and at 1818 Lonedell Road Arnold, MO. 63050 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Both locations are open from 8 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Thursday. JFCAC WIC clinics are closed on Fridays and State holidays.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
To download or view income guidelines, click here.
Closed for Columbus Day
Due to the up-coming Labor Day holiday, all locations for JFCAC will be closed Monday, September 5th, 2022. This includes #2 Merchant, 3rd Street, Arnold WIC clinic, Head Start, and Saint Clair locations. Regular office hours will resume the next day.
Due to the Annual All Staff meeting, all locations for JFCAC will be closed, Wednesday, August 17th, 2022. This includes #2 Merchant, 3rd Street, Arnold WIC clinic, Head Start and Saint Clair locations. Regular office hours will resume the next day.
Closed for Memorial Day 2022
All JFCAC offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. Take this time to reflect upon all the sacrifices of the brave men and women of our US military. Please have a safe and memoriable holiday weekend.
Office closings - 02-23-2022
Due to the upcoming winter weather storm warning, all offices for Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation will be closed at 2 PM today. This includes the #2 Merchant, 3rd Street, Arnold WIC clinic, and Saint Clair locations.
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM YOUR WIC OFFICE
Similac Infant Powdered Formula has been recalled.
Also recalled are Alimentum and EleCare.
So what do I do?
Hillsboro location: Arnold location:
105 Municipal Drive 1818 Lonedell Rd
Hillsboro, MO 63050 Arnold, MO 63010
Monday and Thursday Tuesday and Wednesday
8:00 am to 5:30 pm 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
Closed from noon to 1:00 pm for lunch
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
JFCAC Office Closures
Due to the Winter Weather All JFCAC offices will be closed Wednesday, February 2nd and Thursday February 3rd.
Thank you and stay safe!
The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) announces that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2022
Hillsboro, MO, January 1st, 2022 - The Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Program at Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation (JFCAC) announces that a contract to continue to provide WIC services for federal fiscal year 2022 has been signed with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Under the terms of the contract, the JFCAC WIC Program will be able to serve more than 2500 persons eligible for WIC every month.
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program providing services to pregnant women, breastfeeding women, postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five. WIC provides breastfeeding education and support, health screening, nutrition education and counseling, and referrals to community resources.
Nutritious supplemental food is provided at no cost to participants.
To be eligible for WIC, applicants must have an income of less than or equal to 185% of the poverty level (for example, a family of four with an annual gross income of $49,025 or less). Those with MO HealthNet, SNAP, or TANF are automatically income eligible. Migrant families and foster children are also eligible.
WIC supplemental foods are specially chosen to provide protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins A and C. Eligible women and children can receive fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, peanut butter, beans, whole grain products (bread, tortillas, pasta, rice), hot or cold cereals, and more.
The WIC program recommends breastfeeding, provides breastfeeding support, baby foods and infant cereal. For women who are unable or choose not to breastfeed, infants may receive supplemental iron fortified formula.
WIC participants obtain their foods by redeeming food benefits loaded on their eWIC card for specific items at local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Studies confirm that pregnant women who enroll in WIC during the early months of pregnancy have fewer low birth weight babies, experience fewer infant deaths, obtain prenatal care earlier in pregnancy and eat healthier.
WIC is administered in Jefferson County at JFCAC (Jefferson Franklin Community Action Corporation). Persons interested in applying or who are in need of more information should contact the JFCAC WIC Program at 636.789.2686 Option 5. Information can also be found on the website, www.jfcac.org/wic and on the JFCAC Facebook page, @JFCACmo.
JFCAC WIC Program services are offered in Hillsboro on Mondays and Thursdays and in Arnold on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Appointments are available at both sites from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM and from 1 PM to 4:30 PM. Evening hours are available by appointment only. Clinics are closed from 12-1 PM for lunch.
The Hillsboro clinic is located at 105 Municipal Drive (JFCAC lower level). The Arnold clinic is located at 1818 Lonedell Rd (Jefferson County Health Department lower level).
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
WIC continues to offer in-person and curbside services for all participants during the COVID 19 Pandemic. The WIC participant is given a choice of an in-person appointment or a curbside appointment. In-person appointments are offered in Hillsboro on Monday and in Arnold on Tuesday. Curbside days are Wednesday in Arnold and Thursday in Hillsboro.
If participants choose an in-person appointment, they have a traditional in-person WIC appointment, with face-to-face nutrition counseling and height, weight, and hemoglobin (iron) checks as needed. WIC benefits are loaded on the eWIC card in the office and given to the WIC participant in person.
If participants choose a curbside appointment, they come to their WIC appointment at their scheduled time and check-in via an app called MyMobileCheckIn. Once checked in, WIC staff will go to the participant’s vehicle and retrieve the eWIC card, call the participant from inside the WIC clinic and complete the appointment over the phone, load the eWIC card with the benefits and return the card to the participant in their vehicle. For curbside appointments, height, weight, and hemoglobin checks are waived.
The change to eWIC was implemented at the end of 2020. Gone are the old paper WIC checks! Staff and participants alike are loving the convenience of the new eWIC card. Did you know that Missouri WIC now has an app? The WIC Shopper App can be downloaded to a phone or mobile device and provides real-time info regarding WIC benefits. One can check the WIC balance on the eWIC card (the participant’s card must be linked), scan items at the grocery store to check if they are WIC approved, find healthy recipes, view the WIC approved foods, report issues with redeeming benefits to the State and more! This is a free and helpful tool for all WIC families.
How long were you at JFCAC and what was your position?
My first day was on September 7, 2007. I retired on September 7, 2021. I was hired to be the Jefferson County Housing Inspector for the Housing Division at JFCAC.
What are you looking forward to most in retirement?
I am looking forward to enjoying the fruits of a lifetime of financial planning which started back in 1975. That’s when I began my ‘first’ career with USDA’s Rural Development Agency.
What are your retirement plans? Is there anywhere you want to travel or anything specific you want to do?
My wife Susan and I are greatly increasing the time we spend with our 3 grandsons. Two of them do not have much of a father figure in their lives. My goal is to provide them with the guidance and skills that will benefit them in their adult lives.
What will you miss most about working at JFCAC/What did you like most about working at JFCAC?
I will miss working with the finest professionals I have ever been associated with. That’s also the reason I enjoyed my time with JFCAC.
What was the toughest part of your job and what was the most rewarding?
In retrospect, the toughest part of my job was dealing with the stress that I now realize was occurring while striving to maintain the highest level of professionalism and accuracy possible. Upon retirement I felt I had accomplished that goal.
What is your proudest accomplishment while working at JFCAC?
Hearing a housing client thank us for the positive impact our program had on their lives always made everything else worthwhile.
How did your time at JFCAC help shape you into who are today?
I retired with zero regrets and I feel I was able to change a few lives along the way which gave great meaning to the job. I am definitely a better person for it.
What advice would you give to someone who has just started working at JFCAC or to someone who is looking to be successful at JFCAC?
Be diligent and give 110%. Everything else will fall into place.
Thanks to Bruce for taking the time to reflect about his time at JFCAC. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement!
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung Cancer is the leading cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S. every year. It kills more people annually than breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer combined. Currently, 1 in 16 people in the U.S. can expect to receive a lung cancer diagnosis, which is 1 out of every 15 men, and 1 out of every 17 women. About an estimated 132,000 lung cancer deaths are expected to occur in 2021 in the U.S., accounting for about 18% of all cancer deaths nationwide. If you want more facts about lung cancer, visit this link: Lung Cancer Facts: 29 Statistics and Facts | LCFA (lcfamerica.org).
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for lung cancer. Therefore, research is even more important. New research is making it possible for people to live with their lung cancer and manage it like a chronic disease, but until a cure is found, continued research and testing will be vital.
With November being Lung Cancer Awareness Month, there is no better time to help create awareness to this terrible disease and help find solutions and fund research. There are many things you can do. You can make donations to lung cancer foundations and research centers. You can make a Facebook fundraiser. You could also donate a vehicle. If you are interested in helping, use this link to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America’s website and find what is best for you out of the many donation options available: Donate to Lung Cancer Research | Lung Cancer Foundation of America (lcfamerica.org).
Lung cancer is a terrible disease that takes way too many lives each year. It is important for all of us to continue to help fund research and create awareness. Make sure you are doing your part this November and help fight this disease and find the solution to rid of lung cancer for good. Together, we can all make a difference!