NH DHHS - New WIC Income Guidelines Announced

Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)

announces new U.S. Department of Agriculture income guidelines for

eligibility in the WIC Nutrition Program. These changes represent an

increase in the income amounts.

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 a monthly food package of healthy foods,

valued at about $57.00 in grocery stores. Foods offered are:

Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables

Whole grain cereals, breads, brown rice, and tortillas

Low fat dairy products, including milk, cheeses, and eggs

Baby foods, including cereal, fruits, vegetables, and meats

The new income guidelines are:

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly

1 $20,665 $1,723 $398

2 27,991 2,333 539

3 35,317 2,944 680

4 42,643 3,554 821

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 ensure

that infants and children grow healthy and strong with the WIC nutrition

education and nutritious foods,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public

Health at DHHS. “In 2011, 72% of New Hampshire WIC mothers breastfed, which

is an excellent start for healthy childhood and prevention of childhood


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

WIC is an equal opportunity program. For more information, visit