New WIC income guidelines mean more Hoosiers could be eligible for food, health benefits

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- New guidelines for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program could mean more Hoosiers are eligible to receive the food and health benefits. The program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and managed by the Indiana State Department of Health has set new income guidelines for the program.

It's a program for families who just need a little extra help after their income is exhausted after paying bills and maintaining their homes.

"We understand that Hoosiers are working hard and in Indiana we can still supplement income they're bringing in to pay for food and other necessities in their life we can help them buy what they need to feed their families," said Indiana WIC Director Eldon Whetstone.

Every year, the federal government adjusts the income guidelines according to the U.S. poverty level and overall inflation. The updated chart from WIC can be found here to see how much you can make depending on your family size.

"We think more people are eligible for the program than what are currently taking advantage of its benefits. So we encourage folks to explore their eligibility. We know we offer great services Hoosiers can take advantage of if they simply know they're eligible," Whetstone said.

And the biggest change for families is doing away with WIC checks. By September, all Indiana WIC participants will use an EBT card.

"It goes faster. Don't have to carry around the huge checks. Just makes the program a lot more convenient for our participants," Whetstone said.

Overall, the department just wants to make sure if you're eligible you know about this program that's giving Hoosiers an overall healthier life.

"We offer nutrition services, healthy foods, breast feeding counseling and support referrals to other programs that may benefit them in other aspects of their lives," Whetstone said.

Currently 150,000 Hoosiers participate in the program each month. You can have both WIC and SNAP benefits in Indiana.