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WIC Program announces new income guidelines





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, March 13, 2012
CONTACT: Rhonda Buntrock, (605) 773-3361

 

WIC Program announces new income guidelines

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for the WIC Program.

 

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, babies and children. Its goal is to help improve health by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, offering education on healthy eating, nutrition and breastfeeding, and making referrals to other services.

 

If your family income does not exceed the following amounts for the size of your family, you could income qualify for WIC:


Family Size

185% of Federal Poverty Level


Family Size

185% of Federal Poverty Level

1

$20,665

6

$57,295

2

$27,991

7

$64,621

3

$35,317

8

$71,947

4

$42,643

9

$79,273

5

$49,969

10

$86,599

 

To find out if you or your children are eligible for the WIC Program, call for an appointment at your local WIC Office/Community Health Services Office. Offices can be found under the county listings in your phone book or on the web at http://doh.sd.gov/LocalOffices/CHS.aspx

 

At the appointment you will be asked to  proivde family income information, proof of residency and identiy, provide information about foods eaten, answer questions about past and current health, have height and weight taken, have a finger stick blood test taken (except babies 9 months and younger), and visit with  health professional about nutrition education and health needs. If eligible, you will get food "checks" to buy foods at authorized grocery stores.

 

WIC is an equal opportunity program. More information about the program is available on the Department of Health website at http://doh.sd.gov/WIC.