September 4, 2012 |

WIC recipients have additional choices

The Allegheny County Health Department reported four grocery stores have joined the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food and nutrition program.

The additional stores accepting WIC food vouchers are two new Bottom Dollar supermarkets, located at 1100 Chartiers Avenue, McKees Rocks, and 7221 McKnight Road, Ross; Kathmandu Mini Mart, 2950 Brownsville Road, Carrick; Wal-Mart Heidelberg, Raceway Plaza, 2200 Washington Pike, Heidelberg.

The New Eagle Mart, 800 Warrington Avenue, Allentown, is under new ownership and still accepting WIC vouchers, but Save A Lot in the Olympia Shopping Center, McKeesport, and Get Go in Wilkinsburg are no longer participating in the WIC program.

More than 100 grocery stores throughout the County participate in WIC. Locations and directions to the stores can be found on the Health Department's web site at

www.achd.net/wic

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

The income 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 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.

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