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.