July 2, 2013 | Vol. 73 No. 49

Higher income limits set for county WIC program

Higher income limits have gone into effect for Allegheny County Health Department’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

The income limits, based on family size, will increase by 1.9 percent to 2.8 percent and allow more families to qualify. As of May 31, WIC served about 16,000 individuals and has funding to enroll an additional 2,000.

“We are excited to be able to serve more clients,” said Acting Health Director Dr. Ron Voorhees.

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.

The new limits are an annual gross income of $21,257 for a family of one; $28,694 for 2; $36,131 for 3; $43,568 for 4; $51,005 for 5; $58,442 for 6; $65,879 for 7; and $73,316 for 8. Add $7,437 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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