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Wyoming WIC program updates income guidelines

Jul 1, 2014 - From staff reports

Income guidelines for the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children Program are being updated once again, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

"Many people know about the food items our program helps them purchase," said Janet Moran, WIC program manager with the Wyoming Department of Health. "WIC also offers broader services such as peer counselors for breastfeeding help, nutritionists to help with planning family meals, and referrals for other health and social services."

Specifically, WIC provides families with whole foods such as fruit, vegetables, whole grain cereals, bread, rice, oatmeal, canned tuna or salmon, eggs, cheese, milk, soy beverages, dried beans/peas, brown rice; and kitchen staples such as tortillas and peanut butter.

Annual income ceilings are used to help decide if families are eligible for WIC. Illustrations for the new guidelines, which begin July 1, include:

- One-person family, $21,590 a year or $1,800 a month.

- Two-person family, $29,101 a year or $2,426 a month.

- Three-person family, $36,612 a year or $3,051 a month.

- Four-person family, $44,123 a year or $3,677 a month.

- Five-person family, $51,634 a year or $4,303 a month.

Families already enrolled in SNAP, TANF or Wyoming Medicaid programs already qualify for WIC. Many working families also are eligible.

For more information or to find the nearest local WIC clinic, call 1-800-994-4769 or the WIC state office at 777-7494.

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