More families could qualify for program benefits

Changes in eligibility requirements for a family benefits program could mean another 5,000 West Virginians are able to participate, according to a news release from the state Department of Health and Human Resources.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, the federal agency that administers the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, increased the amount of money people can earn and still be eligible for the program benefits.

The increase means a family of four where the total income of $44,123 — a $555 increase from last year — could still receive WIC benefits, according to the DHHR.

“Currently, West Virginia WIC serves nearly 46,000 mothers and young children monthly,” said Dr. Letitia Tierney, state health officer and head of the Bureau for Public Health.

“With the expanded income guidelines, we can serve more families.”

The eligibility changes would mean more than 50,000 people could receive benefits.

Right now 70 percent of children born in West Virginia receive services through the program, according to the DHHR. Participants receive nutritional information, breastfeeding education, monthly food packages and more.

Call 304-558-0030 or visit for enrollment information.

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