June 28, 2011 |

Higher limits for supplemental nutrition program

Slightly higher income limits have been set for the Allegheny County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program and will take effect on July 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 increase by .5 percent to 2 percent.

The new limits are an annual gross income of $20,147 for a family of one; $27,214 for 2; $34,281 for 3; $41,348 for 4; $48,415 for 5; $55,482 for 6; $62,549 for 7; and $69,616 for 8. Add $7,067 for each additional member beyond 8. Unborn children are counted when the woman is pregnant.

WIC is a federally funded program for income- and medically-eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and children under the age of five. 

WIC families receive nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and food vouchers redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula; infant cereal; milk; eggs; cheese; juice; cereal; peanut butter; whole grains, including bread, tortillas, oatmeal and rice; soy milk; tofu; jarred baby foods; dry or canned beans; canned tuna/sardines/pink salmon; and fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables.

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, call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801. WIC information also is available at www.achd.net/wic.

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