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Idaho adopts new WIC food program guidelines

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) _ The state is adopting new income guidelines
for a federal nutrition program that serves women, infants and
children.
The new guidelines set to take effect on July 1 are higher,
which means more families will be eligible for the program,
commonly called WIC. The program provides nutritious foods like
milk, eggs, cereal, juice and beans at no cost to families who
qualify.
The program targets women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or
those who have recently been pregnant, along with kids under the
age of five.
Under the new guidelines, a family of three can earn up to
$34,281 a year and qualify. Under the old income guidelines, that
family's income would have been limited to $33,874 in order to
qualify for the program.
In Idaho, about 44,000 residents receive WIC assistance.


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