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New WIC program makes guidelines

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Clay County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program now has new income guidelines.

The following is a list provided by the program indicating the new guidelines, including household size and annual income:

* 1 -- $20,147,

* 2 -- $27,214,

* 3 -- $34,281,

* 4 -- $41,348,

* 5 -- $48,415,

* 6 -- $55,482,

* 7 -- $62,549,

* 8 -- $69,616,

* 9 -- $76,683,

* 10 -- $83,750,

* 11 -- $90,817, and

* 12 -- $97,884.

Families already receiving Medicaid, Food Stamps and TANF are income eligible for the WIC Program.

Pregnant individuals should count themselves as two persons. For households of more than 12 members, add $7,067 for each additional member.

WIC is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy.

Eligible participants include pregnant women, new moms (up to 6-months after delivery), breastfeeding moms (up to one year after delivery), infants and children 5-under.

Those wishing to join the program must live in Indiana and meet the income guidelines. When applying, persons will receive a personalized nutrition assessment to see if the program is right for them.

Benefits for WIC participants include supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics and referrals to other health and social services.

WIC applicants are asked to contact clinics in their communities for free visits in order to be enrolled and to pick up checks. At the appointment, applicants will receive nutrition education and breastfeeding support while also learning about other services.

The WIC checks may be used at local grocery stores for cereal, juice, milk, eggs, peanut butter, beans, whole wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat or corn tortillas, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, cheese and baby food.

The Clay County WIC Program is located at 972 W. Craig Ave., Brazil.

For further information, call 442-0573.

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