The Allegheny County Health Department announced higher income limits for its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program are now in effect.
"WIC isn't just for families on public assistance. WIC eligibility is based on both income and medical or nutritional risk, but the income limits allow WIC benefits for many working families with modest incomes," said Acting Health Director Dr. Ronald E. Voorhees.
The income limits, based on family size, will increase by 2.5 percent to 3.3 percent and allow more families to qualify. As of May 31, WIC served about 16,000 individuals and has funding to enroll an additional 800 to 1,000.
The new limits are an annual gross income of $20,665 for a family of one; $27,991 for 2; $35,317 for 3; $42,643 for 4; $49,969 for 5; $57,295 for 6; $64,621 for 7; and $71,947 for 8. Add $7,326 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. Information also is available at www.achd.net/wic.