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WIC guidelines updated

Jul 2, 2013 - From staff reports

Updated income guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Program began Monday, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

WIC provides help to new moms with breastfeeding, infant foods and formula; and families with whole foods like 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.

"Many people know about the food available through our program," said Janet Moran, WIC program manager with the Wyoming Department of Health. "WIC also has peer counselors for peer-to-peer breastfeeding help, nutritionists to help with planning family meals, and makes referrals for other health and social services."

Annual income ceilings are used to decide if families are eligible for WIC. Examples of the new guidelines include:

- 1 person family: $21,257/year or $1,772/month

- 2 person family: $28,694/year or $2,392/month

- 3 person family: $36,131/year or $3,011/month

- 4 person family: $43,568/year or $3,631/month

- 5 person family: $51,005/year or $4,251/month

Moran said many working families are eligible; families already on SNAP, TANF or Wyoming Medicaid already qualify for WIC.

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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