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. The income guidelines in effect

beginning April 1, 2014 are:

Family Size Annual Monthly Weekly

1 $21,590 $1,800 $416

2 $29,101 $2,426 $560

3 $36,612 $3,051 $705

4 $44,123 $3,677 $849

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. WIC provides a monthly food package of healthy foods,

valued at about $52.00 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

In 2015, additional healthy choices will be offered, including whole wheat

pasta, yogurt, increased value of fruits and vegetables for children, and

fresh fruits and vegetables for infants. 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, and helps ensure infants and children

grow healthy and strong with the WIC nutrition education and nutritious

foods,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the DHHS Division of Public

Health Services. “In January 2014, 75% of New Hampshire WIC mothers

breastfed, which is an excellent start for healthy childhood and prevention

of childhood obesity.”

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

For more information, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm . USDA is

an equal opportunity provider and employer.