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WIC income guidelines revised; more could become eligible

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South Dakota's Department of Health has released new guidelines for the state's Nutrition and Food Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC Program).

The federal government updates the income guidelines every year, said Barb Buhler, Public Information Officer for the South Dakota Department of Health.

WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program, funded by the US Department of Agriculture, provided at no cost to eligible moms, babies and children. Its goal is to help improve health by providing nutritious foods to supplement diets, offering education on healthy eating, nutrition and breastfeeding, and making referrals to other services.

The new income guidelines take effect Wednesday, May 1. 

If your family income does not exceed the following amounts for the size of your family, you could income qualify for WIC:


Family Size

185% of Federal Poverty Level


Family Size

185% of Federal Poverty Level

1

$21,257

6

$58,442

2

$28,694

7

$65,879

3

$36,131

8

$73,316

4

$43,568

9

$80,753

5

$51,005

10

$88,190

To find out if you or your children are eligible for the WIC Program, call for an appointment at your local WIC Office/Community Health Services Office. Offices can be found under the county listings in your phone book or on the web at http://doh.sd.gov/LocalOffices/CHS.aspx.

At the appointment you will be asked to provide family income information, proof of residency and identity, provide information about foods eaten, answer questions about past and current health, have height and weight taken, have a finger stick blood test taken (except a baby up to 9 months of age), and visit with a health professional about nutrition education and health needs. If eligible, you will get food "checks" to buy foods at authorized grocery stores.

WIC is an equal opportunity program. More information about the program is available on the Department of Health web site at http://doh.sd.gov/WIC.

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