WIC income guidelines increase

Alabama families mayqualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants,and Children, better known as WIC. If you are a woman who is pregnant,who had a baby within the past six months, who is breastfeeding or whois the parent or guardian of a child up to age 5, you are encouraged toapply for WIC at your local county health department or WIC agency.

Participants in theprogram receive free nutrition education and breastfeeding peer counselingsupport. In addition, participants have the option to receive up to threemonths of food benefits at a time for each qualified family member. Alabama’sWIC program now provides electronic food benefits statewide, with optionsto apply remotely during COVID-19.

Under the 2020 federalpoverty guidelines, more families may be eligible for the program. WICis open to participants with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal povertylevel. If you or another member of your family has lost income due to theCOVID-19 pandemic, you may also be eligible for nutritional and breastfeedingsupport from WIC. Check the table below to see whether your family qualifies:

Family Size* Annual Income Weekly Income
2 $31,894 $614
3 $40,182 $773
4 $48,470 $933
5 $56,758 $1,092
6 $65,046 $1,251

*Each unborn infantcounts as one in the family size.

WIC participants musthave both a limited income and a nutritional need. Families who receiveMedicaid, SNAP or TANF already meet the income qualifications for WIC.Even families who do not qualify for these programs may be eligible forWIC because of its higher income limits.

Allison Hatchett, WICDirector, Alabama Department of Public Health, said, “WIC encourages familiesto be healthy by providing nutritious foods that support growth and development.Nutritious foods help children grow to be healthy adults and pregnant womento have healthy babies.”

For more informationplease go tohttp://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/wicor call the statewide toll-free line at 1-888-942-4673.

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