Annually, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) recognizes local WIC agencies that have provided exemplary breastfeeding promotion and support activities. There are three levels of awards given: Gold, Gold Premiere and Gold Elite. Each award builds on the previous award and an agency must have achieved the previous award level to apply for the next level. These awards also identify that agencies are demonstrating model practices.
Five Counties in Western North Carolina were recognized in 2018 with the Loving Support of Excellence Award.
GOLD AWARD - Cherokee County, Madison County and Toe River Health District
GOLD PREMIERE AWARD - Buncombe County and Henderson County
Previous Award Winners include:
GOLD AWARD - Buncombe County and Henderson County
GOLD AWARD - Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians