Higher income limits will go into effect for WIC on May 1
The Allegheny County Health Department has released higher income limits for its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program take effect on May 1.
“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 1.8 to 3 percent.
The new limits are an annual gross income of $19,240 for a family of one; $25,900 for 2; $32,560 for 3; $39,220 for 4; $45,880 for 5; $52,540 for 6; $59,200 for 7; and $65,860 for 8. Add $6,660 for each additional member beyond 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.
For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, please call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or for those who live outside Allegheny County, call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS. WIC information also is available at http://www.achd.net/wic.