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posted on June 11, 2014 10:01

NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                        Date: June 11, 2014

Contact:  Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
Media Line: (208) 334-0668

Idaho Nutrition Program Adopts New Income Guidelines

Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will implement new income guidelines effective July 1, 2014, that raise household income eligibility limits to help offset cost of living increases. This is an annual adjustment.

At no cost to eligible families, WIC provides nutritious supplemental foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, beans and peanut butter. WIC services also include health screenings, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding information and support, help from registered dietitians, and referrals to other services that may help a family in need. The average Idahoan enrolled in WIC receives about $56 of healthy foods per month. There are currently more than 41,000 people per month receiving Idaho WIC assistance.

To be eligible for the WIC program, an individual must be a pregnant or breastfeeding woman, a woman who has recently been pregnant, or an infant or child younger than 5. In addition, the individual must live in Idaho, have a special 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 (before taxes are withheld) must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, the new guidelines set an upper income limit of $36,612 annually for a family of three. Under the old guidelines a family of three could have earned up to $36,131 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, 2014 through June 30, 2015

Number of

Household Members*

Maximum Annual

Gross Household Income







More than 5








Call the local WIC clinic

*One pregnant woman counts as two household members.


To apply for WIC or for more information about WIC in your area, call the Idaho CareLine at 211 or

1-800-926-2588. Information can also be found on the web at