WACO, Texas (KWTX) Right now, bare shelves and food insecurity are common in many households because of the threat of COVID-19, but for some that is nothing new.
A mobile clinic has been set up outside of the Waco-McLennan County Health District building for WIC clients. (Photo by Drake Lawson)
"It’s a vital service to our community," says Elva Dryer who is assisting with the WIC mobile clinic that's been set up outside of the Waco-McLennan County Health District building at 225 West Waco Dr.
The drive-thru setup allows for social distancing while clients pick up their benefits.
"We want our families here in Waco to know that you are not alone," Dryer said.
Families are asked to call beforehand, sign in, and pick up their essentials from a basket next to the bus.
"We want to make it as easy as possible for them to get their benefits while also staying healthy," says Dryer.
"It helps me a lot being a mom with three children and being the only one working," said Tori Hebbe, a mother who used the drive-thru service.
"It's been pretty tough to see my kids not hang out with their friends or even go to school," says Hebbe who is grateful to have a little bit of relief thanks to WIC, after weeks of stress.
"We have to just keep pushing through this," Hebbe said.
"It might take a while but we as a community can make it," she said.
WIC says the clinic will remain open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but asks that residents call ahead to set up an appointment.
The phone number is (254) 750-5474.