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WIC program announces new income guidelines

WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children is a health program that provides nutrition education and food vouchers to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants, and children up to age five who have a nutritional need.

The Harris County WIC Program is administered by Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.

Recently new income guidelines for this federally funded program were announced for the period of April 1, 2002 through March 31, 2003.

Now, a family of four can earn up to $33,485 annually and still qualify for the WIC Program. The program has been shown, in numerous scientific studies, to improve pregnancy outcomes and to assist in the development of optimal nutritional status for children.

Additional services offered by the WIC Program include breastfeeding assistance, immunizations, and referrals for health and social services. The Harris County WIC Program operates a total of twelve sites, many of which offer evening and weekend hours.

For additional information about WIC, call 713-439-6145. For a recorded message listing all Harris County WIC sites, you may call 713-439-6130.