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WIC Nutrition Program Expands Income Guidelines

July 31, 2018

Maternal and Family Health Services announced that the Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.

According to the new income guidelines for WIC that began July 1, a family of four could earn $46,435 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $38,443 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $30,451 and qualify for nutrition assistance.

The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5. To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania. 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’s overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors. In addition to vouchers for 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.

In Luzerne County, Maternal and Family Health Services offers the WIC Nutrition Program at the following locations:

• 534 Wyoming Ave., Suite 100, Kingston, 570-283-3523.

• 222 Carey Ave., Wilkes-Barre, 570-823-1516.

• 23 Beekman St., Wilkes-Barre, 570-823-1516.

• 10 W. Chestnut St. Suite 7, Hazleton, 570-459-1805.

• 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke, 570-823-1516.

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2018-2019 WIC Income Guidelines

Family Size Annual Income before taxes

1 $22,459

2 $30,451

3 $38,443

4 $46,435

5 $54,427

6 $62,419

For each additional family member add $7,992.

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