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WIC nutrition program sets new income levels

BISMARCK – Income eligibility guidelines for the North Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, have increased based on changes in the federal poverty levels.

A family of four can now earn up to $4,810 each month and qualify. That is an increase of $185.

During the last federal fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2023, the WIC program assisted 16,200 North Dakotans, including 4,722 infants. WIC provides nutritious foods, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, whole grains and cereals, eggs, cheese, yogurt, 100% fruit juices, peanut butter and beans. WIC also supports breastfeeding. Infants who are not breastfeeding receive iron-fortified formula, and older infants receive baby food.

Individuals who are pregnant, have a new baby, or have children younger than age 5 may qualify for WIC if they meet income guidelines. Contact the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services for details.

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