A new nutrition center serving women, infants and children is headed to the Woodbine area, with Mayor Karl Dean and others celebrating its opening Friday.
The center –– described in a press release as a renovation of a 6,000-square-foot facility — is made possible from a $1.3 million grant that the Tennessee Women, Infants and Children office awarded the Metro Health Department.
Of that figure, $750,00 went to the building’s renovation and $75,000 to supplies. Remaining funds will go toward hiring staff.
Metro’s new South Nashville WIC Nutrition Center will be at 3718 Nolensville Road, near McNally Drive.
The health department expects the new center to serve 125 people each day. In late 2009, Metro had eyed Hickory Hollow Mall for a new WIC clinic, but the plans were foiled after residents expressed a strong distaste for locating the center there.
The WIC program offers a range of services to help families eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy, according to the health department.
Services at the new center will include providing monthly vouchers to purchase certain foods, and nutrition education that will feature cooking classes in a new demonstration kitchen. WIC nutritionists track each child’s growth and development and promote breastfeeding. WIC staff provides referrals to other needed services in the community.
The number of Davidson County residents who receive WIC services has climbed from 23,000 participants 10 years ago to more than 30,000 today.