More Alabamians eligible for WIC program after expanded guidelines

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – More people could be eligible for Alabama’s Women’s, Infants, and Children’s Program, more commonly known as WIC, after the recent approval of increased earnings guidelines.

The program provides supplemental nutrition to those who need it. It is aimed at pregnant or breastfeeding women or those who have given birth within the last six months. Additionally, those who are parents/guardians of a child up to age 5 are also eligible.

WIC participants can receive food benefits, free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals.

Dr. Wesley Stubblefield of the Alabama Department of Public Health says the WIC program can have lifelong benefits.

“When people can pick up these free fruits and vegetables that are provided through the program, then they can introduce their children to different foods, in hopes of limiting some of the picky foods in the future, and also helping to the possibility of becoming overweight and the complications that come with it,” Stubblefield explained.

WIC is open to participants whose income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. Check the table below to see if your family is eligible.

FAMILY SIZE* ANNUAL REVENUE WEEKLY INCOME
2 $33,874 $652
3 $42,606 $820
4 $51,338 $988
5 $60,070 $1,156
6 $68,802 $1,324

For additional family sizes, please visit https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/wic/.

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