August 10, 2010 |

Families with limited incomes urged to apply for WIC benefits

The Allegheny County Health Department is urging working families with modest incomes and young children under the age of five or a child on the way to consider participating in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

WIC isn't just for families on public assistance. The income limits allow many working families to qualify for benefits. For example, a family of four with an annual income of $40,793 is eligible for the program. Benefits are provided to pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers and children under age five.

WIC offers participants free nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and vouchers redeemable at grocery stores for foods such as milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juices, whole grains, soy milk, tofu, jarred baby foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Eligibility for WIC is based on both income and medical or nutritional risk. The income limit starts at $20,036 for a family of one and increases with family size.

For more information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801 or visit its web site at www.achd.net/wic.

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