WIC divides, moves

Pacific Storage Co. mover Jerry Massengill, of Modesto, was part of the team helping Merced’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program relocate Wednesday afternoon in downtown Merced. The program, which has been at its Main Street location since 1983, is splitting into two locations: One at 1743 Ashby Road, the other at The O’Banion Learning Center on Lesher Drive in South Merced.

“It’s going to be difficult at first,” said WIC director Bill Ruth, “But in the long run, I think it will work out.” To ease the transition, WIC will provide bus tokens to their clients in need of transportation to the new facilities. WIC, which provides food vouchers, breastfeeding support and nutritional counseling, serves some 5,200 women and children a month.