March 31, 2014
Concord, NH - The NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces new U.S. Department of Agriculture income guidelines for eligibility in the WIC Nutrition Program. The income guidelines in effect beginning April 1, 2014 are:
The WIC Nutrition Program is a public health nutrition program for pregnant women, new mothers, breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of 5 years. WIC provides a monthly food package of healthy foods, valued at about $52.00 in grocery stores. Foods offered are:
- Fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables
- Whole grain cereals, breads, brown rice, and tortillas
- Low fat dairy products, including milk, cheeses, and eggs
- Baby foods, including cereal, fruits, vegetables, and meats
In 2015, additional healthy choices will be offered, including whole wheat pasta, yogurt, increased value of fruits and vegetables for children, and fresh fruits and vegetables for infants. Pregnant women and new mothers receive breastfeeding support and counseling from nutritionists and breastfeeding peer counselors to promote exclusive breastfeeding as the healthiest way to feed infants. WIC also provides individual nutrition education and referrals to other community services.
"The WIC Program’s strong support and commitment to breastfeeding is an excellent start for young families, and helps ensure infants and children grow healthy and strong with the WIC nutrition education and nutritious foods,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “In January 2014, 75% of New Hampshire WIC mothers breastfed, which is an excellent start for healthy childhood and prevention of childhood obesity.”
To learn if your family is eligible for WIC services, call 1-800-942-4321. For more information, visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/nhp/wic/index.htm. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.