Higher income limits for its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program take effect on May 1 according to the Allegheny County Health Department announced.
“WIC isn't just for families on public assistance. Eligibility is based on both income and medical or nutritional risk, but the income limits allow benefits for many working families with modest incomes,” said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.
The income limits, based on family size, will be increased by 2.9 percent to 4.2 percent.
The new limits are an annual gross income of $18,889 for a family of one; $25,327 for 2; $31,765 for 3; $38,203 for 4; $44,641 for 5; $51,079 for 6; $57,517 for 7; and $63,955 for 8. Unborn children are counted when the woman is pregnant.
WIC is a federally funded program that provides food vouchers and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and children under the age of five.
The food vouchers are redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juices and other foods. Additional vouchers are available during the summer to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce at participating Farmers Markets and Farm Stands.
WIC serves 16,000 women and children countywide and has room to enroll 18,000.
For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS. WIC information also is available at www.achd.net/wic.