CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services today announced new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) income eligibility guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
The new guidelines indicated a family of four can earn $44,123 and still qualify for WIC program benefits. This amounts to a $555 increase from last year and will allow more West Virginia families to enroll in the program.
"Our goal is to provide nutritional services and information that helps keep West Virginia families healthy," said Dr. Letitia Tierney, state health officer and commissioner for Public Health. "Currently, West Virginia WIC serves nearly 46,000 mothers and young children monthly. With the expanded income guidelines, we can serve more families."
West Virginia WIC serves 70 percent of all babies born in West Virginia. Families enrolled in the program receive nutrition education, breastfeeding education, nutritious foods, and access to maternal, prenatal and pediatric healthcare services that may otherwise be unavailable.
The new income guidelines state that for a household of one the gross weekly income is $416, gross monthly income is $1,800 and gross yearly income is $21,590. For a household of two the gross weekly income is $560, gross monthly income is $2,426 and the gross yearly income is $29,101. For a household of three the gross weekly income is $705, gross monthly income is $3,051 and gross yearly income is $36,612. For a household of four the gross weekly income is $849, gross monthly income is $3,677 and gross yearly income is $44,123. For each additional family member add $145 to weekly income, $626 to monthly income and $7,511 to yearly income.
The Office of Nutrition Services reports an additional 5,000 West Virginians could be served under the expanded WIC guidelines. Eligibility projections indicate as many as 50,733 residents qualify for the program. Fathers, mothers, grandparents, foster parents or any legal guardian of a child under five may apply.
To learn more about WIC services or how to apply for benefits, call the local WIC clinic or 304-558-0030. More information is available online at ons.wvdhhr.org/