WIC Families Offered Fresh Fruits, Vegetables

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Allegheny County Health Department is offering free produce through the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program to women and children enrolled in its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

In addition to regular WIC benefits, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and children two, three and four years of age will be given checks worth $20 that are redeemable through November 30 for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets anywhere in the state, including 59 locations in Allegheny County.

WIC families also will receive a guide to picking fresh produce, various recipes using fruits and vegetables and tips for planting their own fruit and vegetable garden.

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Families are encouraged to sign up for WIC to receive the free produce as well as regular WIC benefits, which include infant formula, milk, eggs, cheese, juice, cereal and other foods.

WIC is a federally funded program for pregnant or breastfeeding women, postpartum mothers and children under the age of five. Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk.

The income limits, new as of May 1, are an annual gross income of $18,889 for a family of one; $25,327 for 2; $31,765 for 3; $38,203 for 4; $44,641 for 5; $51,079 for 6; $57,517 for 7; and $63,955 for 8. Unborn children are counted in determining family size when the woman is pregnant.

The program serves 16,000 women and children countywide and has room to enroll 18,000.

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