WIC recipients can earn more each month and still qualify

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The income eligibility for the Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program has increased to $3,870 a month for a family of four.

That is how much a family of four can earn monthly and still qualify for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program.

That’s $893 a week.

To qualify for WIC, families must reside in North Dakota, meet the income requirements and have a nutritional or medical need for WIC services, such as anemia or inadequate diet.

“Studies show that the proper nutrition children in the WIC Program receive helps them enter school ready to learn,” said Colleen Pearce, director of the North Dakota Department of Health’s WIC Program. “WIC is a cost-effective, sound investment that helps ensure the health of our children.”

Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the WIC Program has been around for 40 years.

WIC benefits include quality nutrition and breastfeeding education, access to other services and monthly foods rich in calcium, iron and protein.

WIC foods are designed to fit the nutrition needs of each WIC participant and include only milk, eggs, cheese, peanut butter, 100 percent fruit juice, beans, whole grains and cereals, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

You can read the news release on the higher income limits here.

You can learn more about the WIC program and see if you qualify here.

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