WIC Income Guidelines Increase: Who’s Eligible Now?

WIC Income Guidelines Increase: Who’s Eligible Now?

MONTGOMERY – Alabama families may qualify for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, if you are a woman who is pregnant, who had a baby within the past six months, who is breastfeeding or is the parent or guardian of a child up to age 5, you are encouraged to apply for WIC at your local county health department or WIC agency.

Participants in the program receive free nutrition education and breastfeeding peer counseling support. In addition, participants have the option to receive up to three months of food benefits at a time for each qualified family member. Currently, Alabama WIC is transitioning from paper food instruments to electronic benefits (eWIC) which are redeemable at WIC-authorized stores in the state. Shopping with eWIC allows the participant to purchase foods as they need them while also allowing WIC participants a safe and simple shopping experience.

Under the 2019 federal poverty guidelines, more families may be eligible for the program. WIC is open to participants with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. Check the table below to see whether your family qualifies:

Family Size* Annual Income Weekly Income
2 $31,284 $602
3 $39,461 $759
4 $47,638 $917
5 $55,815 $1,074
6 $63,992 $1,231

*Each unborn infant counts as one in the family size.

WIC participants must have both a limited income and a nutritional need. Families who receive Medicaid, SNAP or Family Assistance already meet the income qualifications for WIC. Even families who do not qualify for these programs may be eligible for WIC because of its higher income limits.

“WIC encourages families to be healthy by providing nutritious foods. Nutritious foods help children grow to be healthy adults and pregnant women to have healthy babies,” said Alabama Department of Public Health WIC Director Amanda Martin.

For more information please go to http://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/wic or call the statewide toll-free line at 1-888-942-4673.

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