New WIC guidelines will make more Utah families eligible

Thursday , July 11, 2013 - 6:24 AM

CLEARFIELD — New federal income guidelines for Women, Infants and Children Program services across the country will make more Top of Utah families eligible for the food supplement program, according to local health officials.

The new income eligibility guidelines, effective July 1, allow participating families to earn an additional $20 per month, or $240 more annually, said Marci Johnson, manager of Davis County’s WIC program.

In Davis County, 6,459 residents were receiving WIC services as of May this year, Johnson said.

With income having increased from previous years’ guidelines, more families will now be eligible for the program, according to health officials.

The changes drop the eligibility guidelines to an annual income of $21,257 or less for a household of one, or an annual income of $28,694 or less for a household of two.

For each additional family member in the household $7,437 can be added in income annually, or $144 weekly, to the eligibility requirements.

Weber/Morgan Health Department has averaged 7,200 participants in its WIC program on a quarterly basis.

Weber/Morgan Health officials are hopeful the change in income eligibility will better serve their level of participants in the WIC program, officials said.

Statewide 74,448 clients were on WIC as of May, officials said.

WIC is a public health supplemental nutrition program provided at no cost to pregnant women, new mothers, women who are breast-feeding and children younger than 5 years.

“WIC provides monthly food packages, including whole grains, low-fat dairy products, fruits and vegetables and baby foods,” said Lewis Garrett, director of Davis County Health Department. “The program strives to improve health by providing supplemental nutritional foods, breast-feeding support, nutrition education and referrals to community resources.”

In figuring family size, a pregnant woman may count the unborn baby as a separate family member, and any child younger than 5 on Medicaid will qualify, Johnson said.

Davis County has health clinics in Clearfield and Bountiful/Woods Cross to serve clients.

In Clearfield, the WIC program is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, with hours on Wednesday extending to 6 p.m.

The Bountiful/Woods Cross clinic is open Monday and Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hours extending until 6 p.m. on rotating Wednesdays. The clinic is closed Tuesdays.

For questions on clinic times or an appointment, call 801-525-5010 or visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/health.

The Weber/Morgan Health main office, at 455 23rd St. in Ogden, is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Appointments for WIC participants are required at both the Ogden and Morgan city health clinics. Appointments can be made by calling

801-399-7200.

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