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Free produce added to WIC program benefits


The Allegheny County Health Department is offering women and children enrolled in its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food program free produce this summer and fall through the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

In addition to regular WIC benefits, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and children two through four years of age will be given checks worth $20 that are redeemable through November 30 for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets anywhere in the state, including 43 locations in Allegheny County.

WIC families also will receive a guide to picking fresh produce, various recipes using fruits and vegetables and seeds as well as tips for planting their own fruit and vegetable garden.

Families are encouraged to sign up for WIC to receive the free produce as well as regular WIC benefits, which include infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal and other foods.

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

The income limits are an annual gross income of $17,224 for a family of one; $23,107 for 2; $28,990 for 3; $34,873 for 4; $40,756 for 5; $46,639 for 6; $52,522 for 7; and $58,405 for 8. Unborn children are counted in determining family size when the woman is pregnant.

The program serves 16,400 women and children countywide and has room to enroll 19,000.

For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, call the County Health Department at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, please call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS.


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