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More People Eligible For WIC Benefits Under New Guidelines

Reported: May. 1, 2014 1:57 PM EDT
Updated: May. 1, 2014 7:27 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Fallon Pierson) -- The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources has announced some changes to its income eligibility guidelines for a supplemental nutrition program for infants.

WIC, or Women, Infants and Children, is a supplemental nutrition program that serves about 46,000 mothers and infants monthly.

People enrolled in WIC get help buying formula and food for their babies. They also receive nutrition education and are counseled by lactation consultants.

The new guidelines allow for at least 5,000 more families to become eligible.

A family of four can earn $44,123 and still qualify for WIC benefits. A family of three can earn $36,612. That is gross income yearly.

To see a full detailed list, visit here.

Cindy Pillow, director of nutrition services, said that without this WIC, the health of infants would suffer.

"We see infants very soon after delivery,” Pillow said. “With our professional authorities, we can detect problems earlier and direct them out to a health care provider, if we see any issues whatsoever."

The funds for the program have steadily increased each year. Pillow said it's rare funds stay the same. The WIC program is federally funded from The U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Fathers, mothers, grandparents and any legal guardian of a child under 5 can apply for WIC.

The phone number to your local WIC office is 304-558-0030.



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