WIC is a nutrition program that helps families eat well and stay healthy.
WIC program provides:
· Nutrition Education – nutrition assessments, one-on-one counseling about food and nutrition, and breastfeeding to help you feed your family in a healthy way.
· Healthy Foods – WIC gives you vouchers to buy healthy foods.
· Health Services – WIC helps you with referrals to other health and social services.
Who is WIC for?
· Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or recently had a baby
· Infants from birth to 1 year of age
· Children from 1 year of age to their 5th birthday
To qualify for WIC you need to:
· Have a nutritional and/or medical need
· Meet the WIC income guidelines or be enrolled in another program such as MinnesotaCare
Winona Community Day Center located at the Winona Community Warming Center (Edge Church)
Hours of Operation
Tuesday 10am-4pm – Breakfast Club with PSN fro 10a-11a
Thursday 12pm-6pm – Lunch Brunch with PSN 1p-2p
- Access to internet and technology for Telemedicine Appointments and CareerForce Programming and Appointments
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Hygiene Items
- Access to Virtual Peer Support Network Groups facilitated by Mike Fahey, MS, LSW
Great Rivers 2-1-1 offers free, confidential community information and referrals 24 hours/day. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to an information and referral specialist.
We also offer a Crisis Hotline 24/7. Dial 2-1-1 or (800) 362-8255 to talk to a crisis specialist.
They offer resources for:
Suicidal thoughts and feelings
Mental health services
Addiction recovery resources
Marital and Family concerns
Food and basic needs
NEW Location: Winona Mall, 1213 Gilmore Avenue, Winona MN
To schedule your appointment call (507) 474-7202
(see website for dates of service)
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) is sponsored by the IRS and the Minnesota Department of Revenue that provides free tax preparation services for people of all ages with low to moderate incomes.
Free tax preparation is available to qualified individuals at our Winona and St. Charles sites.
Services are made available through a grant provided by the State of Minnesota.
Main Square Montessori (MSM) is a non-profit learning center for children, age 16 months to kindergarten, located in the heart of Winona, MN. Grounded in the tradition of Maria Montessori, MSM views the child as one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared environment.
MSM will be open 6:30AM to 6:00PM, five days a week, and is designed for families that need full time child care. Tuition assistance is available and families that qualify for Child Care Assistance are encouraged to apply.
Mission: To facilitate and maintain sustainable clinic-community linkages to evidence-based health promotion programs.
WellConnect is designed to meet the long-term health and wellness needs of people in Southeast Minnesota. It does this by engaging diverse stakeholders in the delivery of evidence-based health promotion programs in community settings. All programs and procedures are proposed, developed, and carried out by and for the people of Southeast Minnesota to meet the specific and expressed needs of local stakeholders.
Click here to watch a short video about WellConnect.
Through the Commodity Supplemental Food Programs or NAPS, Channel One provides an approximately 35-pound box of free food each month to seniors who meet income guidelines. The program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture. Program participants receive nutritious food packages meant to supplement the diet.
Distribution centers are located at more than 50 sites throughout Southeast Minnesota. Seniors age 60 or older who meet certain income guidelines may be eligible. Eligible clients may register for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program through Channel One.
If you think you may be eligible for CSFP or know someone who may be eligible and would like to apply, please call 507-424-1704 or toll free at 1-877-500-8699 for more information.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services is an organization of individuals with a commitment to bettering the lives of Minnesotans by helping to provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. Working with many others, including counties, tribes and nonprofits, DHS helps ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
MDHS’ largest financial responsibility is to provide health care coverage for low-income Minnesotans. They are also responsible for securing economic assistance for struggling families, providing food support, overseeing child protection and child welfare services, enforcing child support, and providing services for people with mental illness, chemical dependency, or physical or developmental disabilities.
- Birth and death certificates
- Around-the-clock monitoring for infectious diseases
- Assurance that the water and food are safe to drink and eat
- A swift, effective response to disease outbreaks and public health emergencies
- Investigation into novel illnesses
- Planning with hospitals and health care systems to rapidly care for large numbers of injured or ill victims
- An immunization program for preventable diseases
- Data to identify economic trends such as health care costs
- Data to identify public health concerns, such as obesity
- Health reforms to improve population health and the medical system
- Quality measurement and public reporting of clinical care
- Statewide health improvements that focus on policy, environmental, and systems changes in communities
- Assurance that inappropriate care in nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities is corrected
- Planning to help ensure rural Minnesotans have access to care
- Statewide food programs for women, infants and children
- Information about health behaviors and chronic disease prevention, such as which diseases are among the most prevalent, costly and preventable
- Information about effective approaches to improving health and reducing the state’s incidence of chronic diseases.
- Efforts to eliminate health disparities between Minnesota’s different ethnic populations
- Programs that encourage people to make healthy choices
- Advice about reducing environmental and pollution risks to health
- Assurance the dead are disposed of properly
Winona Area Catholic Schools welcome and invite students of all faiths and various learning backgrounds to join our schools. From 16 months to senior year, experience a schools system united to excel in faith and learning.
St. Mary’s Primary School serves 16 months to Kindergarten
St. Stan’s Elementary School serves 1st – 6th grades
Cotter Jr. High School serves 7th & 8th grades
Cotter Sr. High School serves 9th – 12th grades
Winona Area Public Schools is the public school system in Winona, Minnesota. It is also known as Independent School District 861.
The local public school system includes 8 early learning programs, 5 elementary schools, the Winona Middle School, an alternative school and the Winona Senior High School.
The five elementary schools in the district include the following:
Madison Elementary, located at 515 West Wabasha St., Winona
Jefferson Elementary, located at 903 Gilmore Ave, Winona
Washington-Kosciusko (W-K), located at 365 Mankato Ave, Winona
Goodview Elementary, located at 5100-9th Street, Winona
Rollingstone Community School, located at 61 Main Street, Rollingstone
Southeastern Minnesota Area on Aging strives to promote independence and dignity of older people in the region by coordinating, funding and developing programs and services. We link people with information, advocate for the needs of older people, build community capacity through development, partnerships, grants and contracts, and promote prudent stewardship of the federal, state and local resources we receive.
Southeastern Minnesota Area on Aging, Inc. is the designated area agency on aging for the 11-county region of Southeastern Minnesota, and was established in 1976 by the Minnesota Board on Aging. We receive Older American Act funds and state funds that are awarded to local service providers for community based programs for older people. It is a 501-C3 non-profit.
Service area includes the counties of Dodge, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Houston, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Steele, Wabasha, and Winona. It is also known as the Region 10 Planning and service area. The office is located in Rochester.
Partnerships include: Senior Linkage Line, Veterans Linkage Line, Disability Linkage Line, MN Board on Aging
The mission of LDA Minnesota is to empower and support children, adults, families and the broader community impacted by learning disabilities, attention deficit and related challenges through assessment, intervention, education and outreach.
The Hometown Resource Center is a non-profit organization operating in rural Southeastern Minnesota. Their work is done by and for the people of rural communities. They come together and share experiences, information and assistance to help one another and stabilize rural communities. The Resource Center’s mission is to assist people in their local community and surrounding rural area with their food, clothing, household and monetary needs. They believe each person has inherent dignity and should be treated respectfully while provided with the services and outreach they need. The Resource Center empowers people to take responsibility for their destiny through physical, social, emotional, financial, legal, educational, political, spiritual, ethical and career planning supports.
The Arc Southeastern Minnesota builds fully inclusive communities by protecting human rights through advocacy, support, and education for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families will live full and complete lives as valued and engaged members of their communities.
- The Arc improves the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and assists them in obtaining the full range of civil rights, including the right to equal education, housing, and employment.
- The Arc supports and advocates to secure and enhance opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families to choose how they live, learn, work and play in their communities.
- The Arc addresses the needs of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in a holistic way by looking at the total person.
- The Arc is the gateway through which persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families pass as they search for support from others who have shared their same experience.
- The Arc identifies gaps in the service system and leads collaborative efforts with other agencies and elected officials to find ways to close these gaps.
- The Arc promotes the development of or provides new services so that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live full and productive lives in their communities.
Winona Volunteer Services is an organization that provides a variety of services including securing and distributing food, clothing, information and referrals, and emergency assistance in a respectful and dignified manner to those in need. The agency operates a food shelf, coordinates home delivered meal programs in Winona and Goodview, administers emergency assistance, and operates a used clothing store.
Winona Volunteer Services needs help year-round in their Clothes Shop.
Cashier: ring up customer sales and assist with maintaining a neat and organized store. This position requires a background check. One four-hour shift per week for at least one year is the time commitment. Requires standing for long periods of time.
Sorter: sort through donations and hang the best clothing donations for re-sale. One four-hour shift per week is the time commitment. Requires standing and lifting.
Donations Specialist: assist donors with their clothing and maintain a clean and organized donation area. One four-hour shift per week is the time commitment. Requires standing for long periods of time.
· Catalog available each season with classes for all interest areas for kids and adults.
· After School Activities program offers intramural sports, recreation, arts programs.
· Project COMPASS classes specialize in slower paced classes for all, customized classes for people with disabilities, parent and professional development workshops and support groups.
· Key Kids/Summer Key Kids is a child care program held after school, on non-school days and snow days for children enrolled in Kindergarten through Fourth grade. Summer Key Kids offers child care for children who have finished Kindergarten – Fifth Grade.
· Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) welcomes all families with children age birth to kindergarten. They offer information about child development and parenting techniques and give children opportunities to discover and learn.
· Community Preschools is located at Goodview Elementary.
· Early Childhood Screening is a FREE screening for all 3 – 5 year olds, available by appointment. This is a quick and simple check of how your child is growing and developing.
· Baby Connections is a great place to call if you are expecting or parenting a baby. Schedule an appointment for a baby visit.
Grocery store with recipes, free dietitian consultations, and a pharmacy. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Closed Christmas Day.
Making lives easier, healthier, and happier.
Hy-Vee is a touchstone for Midwest consumers’ desire for information on diet, nutrition and wellness topics. HealthMarket department featuring natural and organic products; the consulting services of in-store dietitian; the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System; consumer and employee wellness programs; and the Hy-Vee Triathlon underscore the company’s commitment to healthy lifestyles.
Don’t forget to try the Aisles Online program (shop online and have it ready for you to pick up at the store, or have it delivered!) and encourage your kids to take the free five week Hy-Vee KIDSFIT challenge.
Bluff Country Co-op is Winona’s community-owned, cooperatively run grocery store and kitchen. For more than 40 years they have served as leaders in sustainable food, supporting local and organic farmers and producers. Today their store continues to represent and promote food and environmental integrity, fair economic practices, and commitment to community. Stop in whenever you’re in the neighborhood!
Bluff Country Co-op also offers:
Food & Nutrition Information
Vitamins & Herbs
Cooking Classes & Demonstrations
Natural Personal Care Products
Fair Trade Products
- Essential Oils
Help Make the Mississippi River Cleaner – “Adopt a Spot” of the Rain Garden at Bluff Country Co-op.
Rain gardens can have a big impact on the health of our rivers. Help make the Mississippi River cleaner by taking care of the rain garden behind Bluff Country Co-op that was created in partnership with Bluff Country Co-op, the City of Winona and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency!
The rain garden is divided into small, manageable plots. Volunteers can adopt a section and keep it free of weeds and trash. Everyone can help no matter your gardening knowledge! You will be introduced to the plants growing in your section and be taught to identify common weeds.
The requirements for this opportunity are a 1 hour/month time commitment and the ability to be outside bending and kneeling. You choose the time and day that you volunteer.
To “Adopt a Spot,” or if you have questions, please contact Caitlin Nicholson at email@example.com
About the rain garden:
In the summer of 2016 the City of Winona and Bluff Country Co-op partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to create a rain garden in parking lot #12 to minimize harmful runoff flowing into our river and add green space to our downtown. As the rain garden continues to grow and mature, it needs a little care to help it flourish.