The state Health Department outlined new income standards for the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program today. They take effect May 1.
The first number is family members. (The minimum is one, such as a woman or teenager who is pregnant.) The second number is 185 percent of federal poverty level, the maximum amount of income a household is allowed to qualify:
1 — $22,311
2 — $30,044
3 — $37,777
4 — $45,510
5 — $53,243
6 — $60,976
7 — $68,709
8 — $76,442
9 — $84,175
10 — $91,908
The U.S. Department of Agriculture funds the WIC program as a nutritional supplement.
To be eligible in South Dakota, you must be a South Dakota resident. You need to have an infant or a child younger than age 5, or be a woman or teenager who is pregnant or within six months after pregnancy or breastfeeding up to 12 months after birth.
Households also qualify if they receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF), Medicaid or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
UPDATE: WIC checks and vouchers redeemed in fiscal 2016 in South Dakota totaled $13,000,342, according to Health Department spokeswoman Barb Buhler.