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Limits increased for WIC program

 


Income limits for the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food and Nutrition Program have increased.

The new 2016-17 income limits for eligibility start with an annual gross income of $21,978 for a family of one; $29,637 for two; $37,296 for three; $44,955 for four; and $52,614 for five. Unborn children are counted when the woman is pregnant. Allegheny County residents with family sizes larger than five, should contact the Health Department directly for benefit information.

WIC is a federally funded program for pregnant women, postpartum and breastfeeding mothers, infants and children under the age of 5. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk.

 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 beverage; tofu; jarred baby foods; dry or canned beans; canned tuna/sardines/pink salmon; and fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables. Certain whole wheat pastas and yogurts have also been added to the WIC food list.

 For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or for those who live outside Allegheny County, call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS, or visit http://www.pawic.com.

PA WIC is funded by the USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

 

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