New Hope Services took over the Women, Infant and Children program in Jefferson County this week.

The company, which runs WIC programs in Scott, Jackson and Clark counties, will lease space at the Jefferson County Health Department until it finds a permanent location. New Hope was awarded a bid from the state to handle Jefferson County's WIC services for the next two years.

WIC is a nutrition program that focuses on helping women, infants and children develop healthier eating habits, among other services.

The operating hours will remain 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but the office will be closed on Wednesdays. The number will still be (812) 273-3942.

New Hope is currently in talks with the town of Hanover about leasing a portion of the community center when their contract expires with the county in the end of June.

The company said in a letter to WIC participants that hours would be changed to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and 9 a.m. 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays if it makes the move the Hanover. The office would still be closed on Wednesdays.

Any possible leasing agreement with Hanover will require slight alterations to the town's community center. WIC require the addition of small exam rooms.