For the Health Professional:

Special Concerns for Some Low-Income Women


Possible Short-Term Solutions

Local water tastes bad

Encourage the women to bring water jugs to the clinic to fill. Discuss bottled water.

No refrigeration

Explore the possibility of using a cooler with ice or of making a cold box. Suggest nutritious foods that don't require refrigeration, such as peanut butter, bread, fruit, vegetables, and canned foods.

No cooking facilities, homeless

If the woman is on WIC, ask about the special food package for women without cooking facilities; explore potential for use of hot plate; caution against indoor use of charcoal against indoor use of charcoal grills.

No money or food stamps to buy food

Recommend food pantries, soup kitchens, or shelters to get meals until food stamps are issued. Assist the woman with obtaining expedited processing of her application for food stamps or for WIC or applying for other assistance programs.

Dependent on home-grown vegetables or wild foods (seasonal)

Explore the possibility of creating an indoor greenhouse; offer information about food preservation and safe food storage or refer to Cooperative Extension.

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