The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)'s Office of Nutrition Services has announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

The new guidelines allow a family of four to earn $47,638 and still qualify for WIC program benefits. This is a $1,203 increase from last year and will allow more West Virginia families to enroll in the program.

“Our goal is to provide nutrition and breastfeeding services and information that help keep West Virginia families healthy,” said Dr. Cathy Slemp, Commissioner and State Health Officer for DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health. “Currently, West Virginia WIC serves nearly 35,000 mothers and young children monthly. With the expanded income guidelines, we can serve more families.”

West Virginia WIC serves 75 percent of all babies born in West Virginia, the release said. Families enrolled in the program receive nutrition education, breastfeeding education, nutritious foods, support and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric health care services that may otherwise be unavailable. 

The new income guidelines are:

• Household Size of One — Weekly Gross Income of $445; Biweekly Gross Income of $889; Twice Monthly Gross Income of $963; Monthly Gross Income of $1,926; or Annual Gross Income of $23,107. 

 

 

• Household Size of Two — $602; $1,204; $1,304; $2,607; $31,284. 

• Household Size of Three — $759; $1,518; $1,645; $3,289; $39,461. 

• Household Size of Four — $917; $1,833; $1,985; $3,970; $47,638. 

For each additional family member, add $158; $315; $341; $682; $8,177. 

For more information, call your local WIC clinic, call 304-558-0030, or visit dhhr.wv.gov/wic

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