Help for Moms – WIC*
~ Billie K. Fidlin

President & Founder, Whisper n Thunder Inc.
 
WIC – Women, Infants and Children
 
WIC is a free nutrition and breastfeeding program

sponsored by county public health sectors. Available

to moms are various services:


Experts in nutrition for pregnancy, breastfeeding, infants toddlers & preschoolers
Personalized nutrition tips and support for parents & caregivers
Breastfeeding information, support & resources
Referrals to other community resources
Healthy foods
 
WIC is for infants, children up to their 5th birthday, breastfeeding women, until their infant’s first birthday and women whose pregnancy ended less than 6 months ago.
 
In some states, Arizona being one of them, recipients can receive additional funds to shop Farmer’s Markets when in season. All those who qualify should check their local county to see if this service is available in your area.  Arizona has also recently started issuing eWIC cards – essentially a charge card. This is important as a person can buy just one item if so inclined, and will NOT lose the remainder of the funds, which was true with the paper checks.
 
Income guidelines for qualifying for WIC effective as of April 2017 are:
 
Family Size               Monthly Income                    Yearly Income
2                                  $2504                                     $30,044
3                                  $3149                                     $37,777
4                                  $3793                                     $45,510
5                                  $4437                                     $53,243
6                                  $5082                                     $60,976
 
These amounts are based on income before taxes. People who already have SNAP, TANF or AHCCCS automatically qualify, but you do NOT need to have these services in order to qualify for WIC benefits.  Also, if you are pregnant, the unborn child can be counted as a family member.
 
When apply for WIC, you will need to make an appointment. Bring a form of identification such as a photo ID, driver’s license, state ID, birth certificate or an immunization record. You will need a proof of address and proof of income. You also need to bring every family member applying for WIC, including infants and children.
 
*  Information contained in this article is from MARICOPAWIC.COM (Arizona)