PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department today reported that three local grocery stores no longer participate in the Women, Infants and Children supplemental food and nutrition program.
The stores which no longer accept WIC food vouchers are Kuhn’s, 745 West Ingomar Road, McCandless; Kathmandu Mini Market, 2950 Brownsville Road, Carrick; and Nepali Bazaar, 4040 Saw Mill Run Boulevard, Brentwood.
More than 100 other grocery stores throughout the County participate in the WIC program. Locations and directions to the stores can be found on the Health Department’s web site at www.achd.net/wic.
WIC is a federally funded program for income- and medically-eligible pregnant women, postpartum mothers, breastfeeding mothers, and children under the age of five.
The income limits are an annual gross income of $20,665 for a family of one; $27,991 for 2; $35,317 for 3; $42,643 for 4; $49,969 for 5; $57,295 for 6; $64,621 for 7; and $71,947 for 8. Add $7,326 for each additional member beyond 8. Unborn children are counted when the woman is pregnant.
WIC families receive nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and food vouchers redeemable at participating grocery stores for infant formula; infant cereal; milk; eggs; cheese; juice; cereal; peanut butter; whole grains, including bread, tortillas, oatmeal and rice; soy milk; tofu; jarred baby foods; dry or canned beans; canned tuna/sardines/pink salmon; and fresh/frozen/canned fruits and vegetables.
Additional vouchers are available during the summer to purchase fresh Pennsylvania-grown produce at participating Farmers Markets and Farm Stands.
For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, please call the Allegheny County Health Department WIC Program at 412-350-5801. If this number is a toll call or you live outside Allegheny County, please call the statewide toll-free number, 1-800-WIC-WINS.
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