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Wyoming caregivers see ‘significant temporary increase’ to WIC benefits under American Rescue Plan

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CASPER, Wyo. — Families participating in the Wyoming Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will see a “significant temporary boost” to monthly benefits, according to the Wyoming Department of Health.

The increase to benefits comes through federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars and will provide increases to fruit and vegetable vouchers through Sept. 30, the WDH said on Tuesday.

The fruit and vegetable vouchers have been increased to $35 per month per participant, up from the standard $9 per month for children and the standard $11 per month for women.

“Providing even more nutritious, delicious fruits and vegetables (fresh or frozen) during the peak growing season than we already offer can both promote healthier living and help to reduce food insecurity,” Wyoming WIC Program Manager with the WDH Melissa Stehwien says.

Qualifying income guidelines will also be updated starting July 1. The WDH says Wyoming WIC serves families with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty income guidelines.

New guidelines will be as follows:

  • 1 person family -$23,828/year or $1,986/month
  • 2 person family -$32,227/year or $2,686/month
  • 3 person family -$40,626/year or $3,386/month
  • 4 person family -$49,025/year or $4,086/month
  • 5 person family -$57,424/year or $4,786/month

The Wyoming WIC program is a joint state and federal program under the United States Department of Agriculture “that provides nutritious foods and education, breastfeeding support and healthcare referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants and children up to age 5.”

“All caregivers are welcome to receive help from the program including dads, foster parents, guardians, grandparents and step-parents,” the WDH adds. “Families already using SNAP, TANF or Wyoming Medicaid benefits also qualify for WIC. There is no established limit to the number of eligible participants WIC can serve.”

Wyoming residents can sign up and find out if they are eligible by visiting signupwic.com.

“For families who participate in WIC, we offer healthy food as well as shopping ideas,” Stehwien said. “The support we can provide for new moms and families with young children can promote healthier starts.”

The Wyoming WIC program offers benefits and services at different locations throughout the state: “WIC clinics are located throughout the state and can be found by using the “Clinic Locator” online at https://health.wyo.gov/publichealth/wic/ or by calling 1-888-996-9378 to be routed to a local clinic.”

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