In order to compensate for increases in cost of living expenses one Idaho resource is redefining the financial guidelines that determine qualification.
New income guidelines for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will go into effect on July 1st. Under the new guidelines, an applicant's gross income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines.
For example, a family of three making $36,131 or less will now qualify when previously the limit was an annual income of $35,317. Families that currently receive Medicaid, food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the Children's Health Insurance Program are automatically eligible for WIC.
WIC provides healthy food options and heath services for woman who are pregnant, breast feeding or have recently had a baby. Services are also available for children under the age of five. Food coupons from WIC can be used to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, juice, and peanut butter.