More people can qualify for the Alabama WIC program thanks to new guidelines

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Alabama’s income guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) have increased, allowing more people to qualify.

If you are pregnant, have had a baby within the past six months, are currently breastfeeding, or are the parent or guardian of a child under age 5, we encourage you to contact your local county health department or the WIC agency to apply.

WIC participants may receive child support benefits for each eligible family member. Benefits with increased monetary value are also available for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC participants can also receive free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals. The program now offers electronic food benefits, which greatly facilitates the shopping experience.

According to the 2022 federal poverty guidelines, more families could qualify for the program. WIC is open to participants whose income does not exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. Check the table below to see if your family may qualify:

WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (effective June 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023)

Family size* Annual revenue Weekly income
2 $33,874 $652
3 $42,606 $820
4 $51,338 $988
5 $60,070 $1,156
6 $68,802 $1,324

WIC participants must have both limited income and nutritional need. Families receiving Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) already meet the income criteria for WIC. Even families who do not qualify for these programs may qualify for WIC due to WIC’s higher income limits.

“WIC encourages families to be healthy by providing nutritious foods that promote optimal growth and development,” said Alabama WIC Director Allison Hatchett. “Nutritious foods help pregnant women have healthy babies and help children grow into healthy adults. Alabama’s WIC program understands the challenges many families face in adopting healthy eating habits, and WIC is here to help Alabama women, infants, and children.

For more information, click here or call the statewide toll-free line at 1-888-942-4673.

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