HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) -New changes to income guidelines mean more Alabamians are eligible for assistance under the Woman, Infants, and Children Nutrition program (WIC).
The new income eligibility guideline went into affect June 1. The guidelines are used by state agencies like the Alabama Department of Public Health-to determine if a person can participate in WIC.
The program is designed to assist pregnant women, women who just had a baby, or a parent or guardian of a child less than 5 years old.
WIC provides milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal, whole gran bread, brown rice, peanut butter, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Breastfeeding women may get all these foods plus canned tuna or salmon and extra milk, cheese and eggs. Infants may receive infant formula if not fully breastfed, and infant cereal, fruits and vegetables.
Participants also receive free nutrition education and breastfeeding counseling support.
Families who receive Medicaid, food stamps or Family Assistance - formerly known as TANF or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families - already meet the income qualifications for WIC. The program is also available to participants with incomes up to 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Level.
Guidelines are based on WIC applicants’ gross income before taxes are withheld. The new income guidelines are:
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