Updated WIC Income Guidelines Allow More Indiana Families To Get Benefits
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – More Indiana families could soon be eligible for benefits through the federally funded Indiana Women, Infants and Children program.
The Indiana State Department of Health announced June 8 that new guidelines set for the WIC program will allow a family of two making $30,044 a year to qualify for benefits, while a family of four making $45,510 a year is eligible.
Individuals with incomes up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for WIC. Families who receive Medicaid or Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) benefits already meet the income requirements. Families who do not qualify for these programs may be eligible for WIC because of its higher income limits. Income guidelines can be found online at http://www.in.gov/isdh/19695.htm.
“WIC provides expectant mothers, infants and young children education and resources to develop healthy eating habits early in life,” said Indiana WIC Director Eldon Whetstone. “We have implemented changes to our food package allowing clients more choices in the foods they purchase. We also are pursuing greater use of technology to improve the WIC experience.”
Indiana WIC is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by the Indiana State Department of Health.