NH DHHS - More Families with Young Children Eligible for WIC Nutrition Program

Concord, NH - The US Department of Agriculture and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announce new income guidelines for eligibility in the WIC Nutrition Program. These represent a slight increase over the previous guidelines.

Effective April 1, 2011, the following income guidelines went into effect:

Size      Annual       Monthly     Weekly
1          $20,147      $1,679          $388

2          $27,214      $2,268          $524

3         $34,281      $2,857          $660

4          $41,348      $3,446          $796

The WIC Nutrition Program is a public health nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years old.

WIC provides healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, whole grain cereals and breads, and low-fat dairy products. Pregnant women and new mothers receive breastfeeding support and counseling from nutritionists and breastfeeding peer counselors to promote exclusive breastfeeding as the healthiest way to feed infants. WIC also provides individual nutrition education and referrals to other community services.

“The WIC Program’s strong support and commitment to breastfeeding is an excellent start for young families with limited incomes, and helps assure infants and children grow healthy and strong with the WIC nutrition education and nutritious foods,” said Dr José Montero, Director of the NH Division of Public Health Services.

To learn if your family is eligible for WIC services, call 1-800-942-4321.