WIC – Women, Infants & Children

WIC Nutrition Program Announces Increased Income Guidelines

Maternal and Family Health Services announced that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has increased 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, 2021, a family of four could earn $49,025 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $40,626 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $32,222 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 the age of 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 participants are also currently receiving increased benefits over the next few months to assist with purchasing fruits and vegetables. The Cash Value Benefit (CVB) on the eWIC card allows participants to purchase fruits and vegetables at the grocery store as part of their WIC food package. The American Rescue Plan allows WIC to temporarily provide participants with an increased CVB for the months of June, July, August and September. These additional funds will increase the purchasing power of WIC participants so they can buy and consume more healthy fruits and vegetables.

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 the eWIC card which can be used to purchase 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. For more information or to apply for WIC, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.

The Pennsylvania WIC program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.


Today is NEPA Gives!

NEPA Gives is TODAY, and we are asking you to join us in our efforts to make this the most awesome day of giving your community has ever seen!

We are writing to ask you to take five minutes to give to Maternal and Family Health Services. After that, you can give to other nonprofits that do work that you support or just kick back and watch how high the giving can go at nepagives.org!

Your donation of any amount will help families in need in Northeast PA with good nutrition, education, and much needed healthcare.

Here’s how you can make a HUGE difference today:

  • Make a donation! The Moses Taylor Foundation will be donating $2,000 to MFHS once we reach our first $1,000 in gifts. Every dollar you give will be worth 3!
  • Spread the word. Text a friend. Forward this email. Post on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #NepaGives. Oh, and you can also just tell someone in person – that works, too!
  • Time your donation – Many of the prizes are time sensitive, such as the donation made closest to 7 AM and 7 PM each earn that nonprofit a reward. You can see the whole list here and time your gift to maximize our chances for bonus dollars.

Thank you for your support of MFHS during NEPA Gives, and all year long!

Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program Available for WIC Participants

Farmer's Market Nutrition ProgramWilkes-Barre, PA – Maternal and Family Health Services announced that the agency’s WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Nutrition Centers are distributing farmers’ market vouchers to WIC participants. The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) helps families with nutritional needs buy fresh fruits and vegetables from Pennsylvania farmers to help ensure good health for mothers and children and support community farmers’ markets.

FMNP provides qualifying WIC participants with $24 in vouchers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers’ markets between June 1, 2021 and November 30, 2021.  Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years old are eligible.

WIC nutrition staff distribute the FMNP vouchers to WIC participants along with nutrition education emphasizing the importance of eating fresh fruits and vegetables and a list of participating farmers’ markets in the area.  WIC participants will receive the FMNP vouchers during their scheduled eWIC card reloading appointment during the summer.

The Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.  Across the Commonwealth, over 1000 farmers benefit from the program.

For more information about WIC, FMNP, or to apply for WIC, visit www.mfhs.org, or call 1-800-367-6347.

The Pennsylvania WIC program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.

2021 WIC Public Meeting Dates


English Comment Form/Formulario de Comentarios en Español

Your comments and suggestions are important to us. Please attend a virtual meeting or submit your written comments.

  • May 3, 2021, Shenango Valley Urban League Inc., Farrell, PA
  • May 3, 2021, Broad Top Area Medical Center, Mount Union, PA
  • May 5, 2021, Maternal Family Health Services, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • May 5, 2021, Home Nursing Agency, Altoona, PA
  • May 6, 2021, Chester County Health Department, West Chester, PA
  • May 10, 2021, Hamilton Health Center, Harrisburg, PA
  • May 11, 2021, Adagio Health, Inc., Butler, PA
  • May 12, 2021, NORTH, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • May 13, 2021, Blueprints, Washington, PA
  • May 18, 2021, Community Progress Council, Inc., York, PA

In accordance with 7 C.F.R. § 246.4(b), the Department of Health has scheduled 10 public meetings from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the locations listed above. These public meetings will be held virtually this year, not-in-person.

These virtual meetings are open to the public to provide comments and recommendations for the development of the 2022 WIC State Plan of Program Operation and Administration for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) in Pennsylvania. Persons wishing to give testimony at a meeting are asked to pre-register with the State WIC Program Office by calling 717-783-1289, call-in information will be confirmed. Anyone unable to participate in a virtual meeting but wishes to express their views, may submit written comments by May 31, 2021, via email to the WIC Outreach Coordinator at cansanders@pa.gov, or by mail to the Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120.

For speech and/or hearing-impaired persons, call V/TT 717-783-6514 or the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Services at 1-800-654-5984.

These meetings are subject to cancellation without notice.

Pennsylvania WIC is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.


Sus comentarios y sugerencias sobre el programa WIC de Pennsylvania son importantes para nosotros. Asista a una reunión virtual o envíe comentarios por escrito.

  • May 3, 2021, Shenango Valley Urban League, Inc., Farrell, PA
  • May 3, 2021, Broad Top Area Medical Center, Mount Union, PA
  • May 5, 2021, Maternal Family Health Services, Inc., Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • May 5, 2021, Home Nursing Agency, Altoona, PA
  • May 6, 2021, Chester County Health Department, West Chester, PA
  • May 10, 2021, Hamilton Health Center, Harrisburg, PA
  • May 11, 2021, Adagio Health, Inc., Butler, PA
  • May 12, 2021, NORTH, Inc., Philadelphia, PA
  • May 13, 2021, Blueprints, Washington, PA
  • May 18, 2021, Community Progress Council, Inc., York, PA

De acuerdo con el reglamento 7 C.F.R. §246.4(b), el Departamento de Salud ha programado 10 reuniones públicas con el propósito de obtener comentarios y recomendaciones para el desarrollo del Plan Estatal del año 2022 de la administración del Programa Mujeres, Infantes y Niños en Pennsylvania.  Todas las reuniones se llevarán a cabo virtualmente (no en persona) de 10:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m.  Estas reuniones pueden ser canceladas sin aviso previo.

Estas reuniones virtuales se efectuarán con el propósito de que el público presente sus comentarios sobre los diferentes aspectos del funcionamiento del Programa WIC.  Las personas que deseen asistir a través de una teleconferencia virtual deben registrarse previamente llamando a la oficina estatal del programa de WIC al 717-783-1289. Cualquier persona que no pueda asistir a la reunión, pero desea expresar sus comentarios, puede enviarlos por escrito al Departamento antes del 31 de mayo de 2021 a la siguiente dirección: Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Infants and Children (WIC), 625 Forster St., 7 West, Health and Welfare Building, Harrisburg, PA 17120, o por correo electrónico cansanders@pa.gov.

Las personas con discapacidad auditiva o del habla, pueden llamar al V/TT 717-783-6514 o AT&T Relay Services de Pennsylvania al 1-800-654-5984.

El programa WIC de Pennsylvania es financiado por el Departamento de Agricultura de los Estados Unidos.  Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

MFHS Wins Best Practices in Customer Service at the SAGE Awards

Thank you to the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce for recognizing MFHS with the 2021 SAGE award for Best Practices in Customer Service!

Congratulations to all of our staff – this award is a reflection of their hard work and dedication to our clients during the pandemic. MFHS President & CEO Maria Montoro Edwards and Vice President of Service Delivery Operations Shannon Hayward were thrilled to accept the award and to share our staff’s story with everyone in attendance. Here is just a small sample of the nomination:

“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left so many struggling and isolated, MFHS programs remained open and continued to accept new families and meet essential needs, adapting service delivery methods for the health and safety of our staff and the families we serve. We are especially grateful to all the staff working daily to meet the need and connect families to resources to help them through these difficult times. MFHS staff have been flexible and resilient as they adopted new service delivery methods, learned how to deliver services via telehealth modalities, and continue to demonstrate creativity and compassion with this new way of delivering care. We are grateful for the continued dedication and commitment or our frontline heroes.”

In effort to strengthen our agency’s commitment to outstanding customer service and care, MFHS launched a series of client surveys as part of Listen4Good project in 2020. Listen4Good is a national effort designed to help nonprofits build sustainable, high-quality, client-focused feedback loops that lead to meaningful change. The Listen4Good project was a major highlight in the Best Practices in Customer Service nomination. When asked “What is WIC good at?” MFHS clients said things like:

“Helping me have a healthy pregnancy. Helping with feeding my baby. Helping with breastfeeding. Helping my family through a difficult time. Helping with children who have problems with eating.”

“Caring about me and my baby. Caring about my children’s health. Caring about how my child is growing. Caring for families in need.”

Comments like these continue to roll in as we survey clients from all of our programs.

Thank you again to all the staff at MFHS for your dedication to keeping our clients safe and always working to go above and beyond to get them what they need. This recognition was truly well-deserved.

Boost Your Baby’s Future with Keystone Scholars!

There are exciting milestones in a baby’s life: first tooth, first word, first steps, and now the PA Treasury Department has added yet another first to that list—first $100 towards higher education: Keystone Scholars.

Keystone Scholars provides a $100 starter deposit to a PA 529 account for every child born or adopted to a Pennsylvania family, after December 31, 2018. Since Keystone Scholars expanded statewide in 2019, more than 10,000 babies in Pennsylvania have taken their first steps to a bright future. Of those 10,000 families, 20 percent have taken active steps to continue saving for their child’s future education, whatever it may be: trade school, community college, or a 4-year university.

Starting in January, all babies born to WIC participants in the first half of 2021 will receive the Bright Future Booster – an additional $50 in their Keystone Scholars Child Development Account. This additional booster deposit, made possible through generous philanthropic support, is for babies born between January and June 2021 to moms enrolled in WIC at the time of birth.

MFHS has been partnering with the PA Treasury to get the word out on this significant program. We encourage you to become a part of the team to help make families aware that their child has a $100 savings account in their name. Treasury has an arsenal of resource materials that are available free of charge for your use in your local office to share with families.

New parents can also learn more and register their child for Keystone Scholars Online at pa529.com/keystone. You can also download a fact sheet with more information on the program here.

MFHS Announces Circle of Care Scranton Expansion

Maternal and Family Health Services (MFHS) has expanded their Circle of Care office in Scranton thanks to a grant from the Moses Taylor Foundation and Scranton Area Community Foundation.

The Circle of Care in Scranton originally occupied the upper floor of 640 Madison Avenue and has expanded to include the building’s lower floor. MFHS has moved social services (Behavioral Health, Nurse-Family Partnership and the WIC Nutrition Program) to the lower floor and is now dedicating the upper floor to clinical services (Reproductive Health and Maternity Services). The expansion has allowed MFHS to increase capacity and has allowed for better social distancing while continuing to serve those in need in Scranton.

Pictured Left to Right; Lori Ryder, LCSW Social Worker, Kathy Egreczky, RD WIC Nutritionist, Serena Kozokas, LSW Social Worker and Cindy Kennedy, Director of Client Services.

Celebrating #GivingTuesday with Kate Flannery from The Office!

The Dundie for the best MFHS shoutout goes to… Kate Flannery from The Office!

Kate wants to tell you all about #GivingTuesday and how you can help MFHS provide nutrition and healthcare to women, children, and families not just in Scranton but across Northeast Pennsylvania! Every dollar you donate on December 1st will be matched by AllOne Charities up to $1000. Tell all your friends at Dunder Mifflin – donations can be made from Thanksgiving day through #GivingTuesday!

Department of Human Services Warns Pennsylvanians of Potential Scam Involving Pandemic EBT Benefits

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is warning of a possible scam concerning Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits and reminding Pennsylvanians to be skeptical of unsolicited or random calls or text messages about public-assistance programs – especially when the calls or text messages solicit personal information, such as Social Security numbers.

“We are all living through difficult times, and unfortunately, there are people who will try to take advantage of others who may need help meeting essential needs. Be mindful, stay aware, and if you think something looks off, it probably is,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said.

DHS is investigating a report of individuals receiving calls with pre-recorded messages advising them to expedite their P-EBT benefits issuance by providing their Social Security number and case record number. In the message, the speaker claims to be from a County Assistance Office (CAO).

DHS and other government agencies do not ask for information about P-EBT, SNAP or any other public-assistance programs via unsolicited or random calls or texts, and Pennsylvanians should not reply to such a call or text or share any personal information if they are contacted in this way. If you or anyone you work with receive unsolicited or random calls or text messages telling you that you qualify for assistance and then asking for personal information, it is most likely a scam. Do not respond. Delete the message so you do not get caught in an identity theft scam.

Pennsylvanians who have questions about whether a call, text, letter, or other communication is legitimate should contact DHS’ Office of Income Maintenance. Clients in Philadelphia should call the Philadelphia Customer Service Center at 215-560-7226. Clients in all other counties can call the Statewide Customer Service Center at 1-877-395-8930.

The federal government authorized P-EBT in the spring to allow states to assist families with school-age children who qualified for free-and-reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program – and who lost their easy access to breakfast and lunch at school as a result of the school closures related to COVID-19 earlier this year.

DHS began distributing P-EBT benefits to Pennsylvania families in late May. To date, more than $360 million has been distributed to about 680,000 households to help families feed nearly 1 million children.  Families received about $370 per child.

DHS administered this program in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and schools across the commonwealth. The program was recently reauthorized by the federal government for the 2020-2021 school year. Pennsylvania and other states are currently awaiting guidance from the United States Department of Agriculture to begin the program for the current school year.

Additional information about Pennsylvania’s P-EBT can be found here.

If Pennsylvanians need help purchasing or affording food for themselves and their families, help may also be available through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP helps nearly 1.9 million Pennsylvanians by providing assistance each month for groceries, helping households purchase enough food to avoid going hungry. SNAP is our country’s most important and most impactful anti-hunger program. For every meal provided by a Feeding Pennsylvania food bank, SNAP provides nine. While SNAP is intended to be a supplemental program, during a pandemic and historic unemployment, resources are strained, particularly for our lowest income Pennsylvanians.

Applications for the SNAP and other public assistance programs can be submitted online at www.compass.state.pa.us. All Pennsylvanians experiencing financial hardships due to the pandemic, a lost job, or a change in income are strongly encouraged to apply and see if they qualify for assistance with food, health care, and other essential needs.

For more information about food assistance resources for people around Pennsylvania impacted by COVID-19 and the accompanying economic insecurity, visit the Department of Agriculture’s food security guide.

Double your gift on #GivingTuesday 2020!

#GivingTuesday 2020 is almost here! Mark your calendars – this international day of giving is happening on December 1st, 2020, the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. MFHS is thrilled to announce that we will be partnering with AllOne Charities for the third year in a row to celebrate #GivingTuesday! Your donation will be doubled thanks to the generosity of AllOne:

  • Every gift made to MFHS up to $1,000 total will be matched by AllOne. Donations must be made via the AllOne Charities website to qualify for the match.
  • You can make you donation from Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26th until Wednesday, December 2nd at 4pm.

AllOne is offering two bonuses (and possibly more to be announced soon!) to the non-profits participating in 2020:

  • The non-profit that raises the most money earns a $1,000 bonus.
  • The non-profit with the most individual donors also earns a $1,000 bonus.

Please mark your calendars and consider making an end of year gift to support MFHS via the AllOne #GivingTuesday website. Every gift, large and small, will help us continue to provide life changing health and nutrition services to women, children and families in Northeast Pennsylvania.