Melissa Tascon Friere

Melissa Tascon Friere

Title: Nutrition Support Assistant
Department: WIC
Primary Site: Ossining and Sleepy Hollow

What do you find most exciting about working on the WIC team at Open Door?
The most exciting part of working on the WIC Team at Open Door is being able to help the community and making a difference in the lives of many families we serve. In addition, it is extremely rewarding to be on a team that works hard to make sure that many families receive as much assistance as they need.

Can you share something about the WIC program that people in the community might not know?
WIC is not just a supplemental program which provides assistance with food but also a holistic program that includes nutritionists on staff to help moms to improve the diet for their infants and children. WIC also helps new moms improve breastfeeding with the assistance of a breastfeeding peer counselor.

If you could only give one piece of advice about nutrition to the general community, what would it be?
Healthy eating is the best medicine for our bodies and it is critically important that it begins at an early age. It is important to teach our children to have good eating habits to instill a healthy lifestyle in the long term.

Are you interested in learning more about Open Door’s WIC Program? Call us at  914-508-0022.