WIC Nutrition Program Expands Income Guidelines

Maternal and Family Health Services announces that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.

According to the new income guidelines for WIC, beginning on July 1, 2016, a family of four could earn $44,955 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $37,296 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $29,637 and qualify for nutrition assistance.  A complete list of income guidelines is below.

The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5.  To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania.  This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

WIC provides participants with supplemental healthy foods which contain vital nutrients essential for healthy development during critical growth periods, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.

WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  In addition to vouchers for nutritious foods, WIC participants receive nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmers’ market vouchers and referrals for other health and social services.

2015-2016 WIC Income Guidelines

Family SizeAnnually (Before Taxes)
1$21,978
2$29,637
3$37,296
4$44,955
5$52,614
6$60,273

 

For each additional family member add:  $7,696