DHHS Announces Changes in Guidelines for WIC and CSF Nutrition Programs

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has increased its income guidelines effective this month, in coordination with the release of new income guidelines set by the US Department of Agriculture. WIC, a federally funded public health nutrition program for low to moderate-income families, provides nutrition education, food vouchers, breast-feeding support, and referrals to health and human service programs.

“With so many families facing increasing food costs, the WIC Program is an excellent resource to help parents feed their children healthy meals,” said DHHS Director of the Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), Mary Ann Cooney. “We hope parents will call WIC and enroll if they are not already familiar with WIC services in their community.”

New income guidelines for a family of 2 are up to $499 weekly or $25,900 annually. For a family of 3 the income guideline is up to $627 weekly and $32,560 annually; for a family of four it’s up to $755 weekly and $39,220 annually. Foods provided include cereal, juice, milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, and iron-fortified infant formula for non-breastfeed infants. Currently in New Hampshire more than 10,000 families receive WIC services monthly, totaling close to 18,000 women, infants and children up to the age of 5.

The Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) that provides low-income seniors 60 years and older with monthly boxes of commodity foods has also revised its income guidelines. Income guidelines for seniors are up to $1127 monthly for seniors living alone, and up to $1517 monthly for a family of 2.

During the summer months, WIC families and CSFP seniors will also receive free coupons to be redeemed at NH farmers' markets for fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables.

To enroll in WIC or CSFP call DPHS’ Nutrition and Health Promotion Section at 1-800-942-4321.