Healthier Choices for WIC Families

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The Allegheny County Health Department today announced that the federally-funded Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental food program will offer participating families more healthy food options starting in October.

In addition to the foods traditionally available such as milk, eggs, cheese, cereal and juices, WIC will begin providing families with vouchers redeemable for whole grains, soy milk, tofu, fresh fruits and vegetables, jarred baby foods, canned beans and pink salmon or sardines.

WIC provides food vouchers and nutrition counseling for pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and children under the age of five.

Nearly 100 local grocery stores accept WIC food vouchers, and about 16,700 county residents are served by the program. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk.

The income limits are an annual gross income of $20,036 for a family of one; $26,955 for two; $33,874 for three; $40,793 for four; $47,712 for five; $54,631 for six; $61,550 for seven; and $68,469 for eight. Add $6,919 for each additional member beyond eight. The unborn infant is counted when a woman is pregnant.

For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, please call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program 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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