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After going virtual for the past two years, the Catholic Charities Nutrition Program’s Healthy Baby Festival for Women, Infants and Children returns this year as an in-person event. Future and young families from the Dunkirk region are invited to attend the festival from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Washington Park in Dunkirk.

The free event features activities for children and information for parents. Catholic Charities WIC organizes events to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7), to raise awareness of the importance and benefits of breastfeeding.

Healthy Baby Festivals are supported by several local community organizations in all three counties, providing resources and activities. There will also be visits from characters from popular children’s shows and an award ceremony. Two more festivals are scheduled for Hyde Park in Niagara Falls on August 5 and Cazenovia Park in Buffalo on August 8.

“After two years of hosting virtual events, we are thrilled to be able to return outdoors to meet expectant parents and families again at our Healthy Baby Festivals,” said Katie Constantino, breastfeeding coordinator for WIC Catholic Charities. “These events are not only fun, but also a great source of information on infant and child safety, nutrition, breastfeeding and much more. We hope to see you there.”

All are encouraged to attend, especially pregnant women, families and caregivers. Anyone interested in learning more about breastfeeding or supporting the importance of a healthy start for babies is welcome. No registration is required.

The events receive assistance from the Annual Appeal for Catholic Charities and are sponsored in part by Highmark Western New York.

WIC offers nutritional education and counseling, breastfeeding support, prenatal and postpartum support, referrals and supplemental food stamps. WIC services are available upon request to married or single parents, foster parents, or other legal guardians of a child under age five. All services offered are free.

Catholic Charities administers the WIC in Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Last year, the program reached more than 65,000 people in the three counties.

For more information about WIC, visit ccwny.org/wic or call 716-218-1484.



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