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, 2015 are:

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| Family Size | Annual | Monthly | Weekly |

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| 1 | $21,775 | $1,815 | $419 |

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| 2 | $29,471 | $2,456 | $567 |

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| 3 | $37,167 | $3,098 | $715 |

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| 4 | $44,863 | $3,739 | $863 |

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The WIC 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

$52.00 in grocery stores. Foods offered include:

· 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

· Coming in July will be whole grain pasta and yogurt, and fresh fruits

and vegetables for older infants.



“Research for 40 years has shown that WIC can contribute to positive

development and health outcomes for low-income women and children,” said

Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. “This includes

healthier births, more nutritious diets, stronger connections to preventive

health care, and improved cognitive development.”



DHHS is encouraging parents to keep their children enrolled in the WIC

program until their fifth birthday. Five reasons cited to keep children in

WIC are:

· Children have better growth and development.

· WIC promotes heathy weight.

· Children are better prepared for school.

· WIC pays for milk, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other healthy

foods.

· Eating better helps children focus and behave better.



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

email wic@dhhs.state.nh.us or visit

http://www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/nhp/wic.



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