Idaho Changes their WIC guidelines.

POCATELLO – Idaho has changed the income guidelines for Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) as of July 1, 2022.

The change in household income eligibility limits is meant to help offset cost of living increases. This review and adjustment happens annually.

The individual must be pregnant, breastfeeding or a woman who has recently been pregnant, with an infant or child younger than 5 years old to be eligible for WIC.

The applicant must live in Idaho, have a need that can be helped by WIC foods and nutrition counseling, and have a low-to-moderate income.

To be eligible on the basis of income, an applicant’s gross income (e.g., before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.

Under the new guidelines, for example, a family of three can earn up to $42,606 annually; under the old guidelines a family of three could have earned up to $40,626 annually.

If you or a family member are in the categories served by WIC and currently receive Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or CHIP, you are automatically income-eligible for WIC.

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022

Number of

Household Members*

Maximum Annual

Gross Household Income

 

1

2

3

4

5

More than 5

 

$25,142

$33,874

$42,606

$51,338

$60,070

Call the local WIC clinic

*One pregnant woman counts as two household members.

Nutritious supplemental foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, beans and peanut butter can be obtained at no cost to qualified families.

WIC services also offers other health services to help mothers with other maternity issues

To apply for WIC or for more information about WIC in your area, go to signupwic.com, call the Idaho CareLine at 211, or visit wic.dhw.idaho.gov.



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