A nutrition program that helps low-income mothers with young children has updated its income guidelines.

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — better known as WIC — provides food, education and health care referrals for young families. Those who already receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program or Medicaid also qualify for WIC.

Founded in 1972, WIC “focuses on the link between good nutrition and good health.” Unlike with some other assistance programs, women must find their local clinic and apply for WIC benefits. The Teton County WIC office is at 460 E. Pearl Avenue, Suite 3. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The program offers supplemental food packages and financial assistance for some families. WIC benefits can be used at both Albertsons and Smith’s, according to the WIC website. The new income requirements range from $23,107 per year or $1,926 per month for a 1-person family, to $39,461 per year or $3,289 per month for a 3-person family, to $55,815 per year or $4,652 per month for a 5-person family.

For families with more children, the maximum income increases by $8,177 per child. For information, see the WIC website.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-5902 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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