New income guidelines released for WIC program benefits

(WVVA) The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) announces new income eligibility guidelines released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children commonly known as WIC.

A family of four can earn up to $47,638 annually and still qualify for benefits, a $1,203 increase over last year.

“Our goal is to provide nutrition and breastfeeding services and information that help keep West Virginia families healthy,” said Dr. Cathy Slemp, Commissioner and State Health Officer for DHHR’s Bureau for Public Health.

West Virginia WIC currently serves about 35,000 mothers and their children.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of the new income guidelines:

Household Size Gross Income Weekly Gross Income Biweekly Gross Income Twice Monthly Gross Income Monthly Gross Annual Income
1 $445 $889 $963 $1,926 $23,107
2 $602 $1,204 $1,304 $2,607 $31,284
3 $759 $1,518 $1,645 $3,289 $39,461
4 $917 $1,833 $1,985 $3,970 $47,638
Each additional family member add: +$158 + $315 + $341 + $682 + $8,177
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