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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • WIC Nutrition Program expands income guidelines

  • Maternal and Family Health Services in Hawley announced that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.


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  • Maternal and Family Health Services in Hawley announced that the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program has expanded income guidelines allowing more families to participate in the free nutrition education program.
    According to the new income guidelines for WIC, a family of four could earn $42,643 annually and qualify for WIC. For a family of three, the income limit is $35,317 to qualify, and a family of two can earn up to $27,991 and qualify for nutrition assistance.  A complete list of income guidelines is below.
    The WIC Nutrition Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and provides nutrition education and access to healthy foods for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, as well as infants and children under 5.  To qualify, participants must meet the income guidelines, have a nutritional or medical need, and live in Pennsylvania.
    WIC provides participants with supplemental healthy foods which contain vital nutrients essential for healthy development during critical growth periods, such as pregnancy, infancy and early childhood.
    WIC is the nation’s premier public health and nutrition education program with an overall goal to influence lifetime nutrition through positive health behaviors.  In addition to vouchers for nutritious foods, WIC participants receive nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screening, farmer’s market vouchers, and referrals for other health and social services.
    Maternal and Family Health Services offers the WIC Nutrition Program to serve Wayne and Pike Counties at the MFHS Circle of Care,  8 Silk Mill Drive, Suite 226, located on the second floor of the Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley. Call (570)390-5000 if there are any questions.
    Maternal and Family Health Services is a non-profit health and human service organization working to improve the health of Pennsylvania women and children by offering programs the prevent disease, promote wellness, and empower individuals to make healthy lifestyle choices.  The agency oversees a network of health and nutrition centers in 16 Pennsylvania counties serving over 125,000 individuals each year through the following core programs: WIC Nutrition Program, Family Planning Program, Healthy Woman Cancer Screening Program, Nurse-Family Partnership, and the Healthy Beginnings Plus Prenatal Program.
     For more information call 1-800-367-6347, or visit www.mfhs.org or www.safeteens.org.
    2012-2013 WIC Income Guidelines
    Family size, annual income level
    1... $20,665
    2... $27,991
    3... $35,317
    4... $42,643
    5... $49,969
    6... $57,293
    For each additional family member add: $7,326.
     
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