2013-06-13


PA Farmers Market Nutrition Program Provides Fresh Produce for WIC Families

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available at Farmers Markets

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is offering free produce through the Pennsylvania Farmers Market Nutrition Program again this summer as part of its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program.

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum and children two, three and four years old who are enrolled in the WIC Program are eligible for checks worth $20 in free produce.

Checks will be distributed during quarterly WIC appointments starting in June.  However, clients who don’t want to wait until their next scheduled appointment have the option of picking up the checks early on a walk-in basis by visiting their WIC office on the following dates: Wilkinsburg, Mt. Oliver and Downtown Pittsburgh, June 14; Turtle Creek, June 19; and McKeesport, June 21.

The checks are redeemable through November 30 for Pennsylvania-grown fresh fruits and vegetables at participating Farmers Markets and Farm Stands in Pennsylvania.  Sixty-three locations are in Allegheny County and listed on the Health Department’s WIC website, World Wide Web Icon www.achd.net/wic.

In addition to free produce, WIC families receive nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and other food benefits, such as 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.

WIC is a federally funded program for pregnant or breastfeeding women, postpartum mothers and children under the age of five.  Eligibility is based on income and medical risk.

The current 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.

For information about WIC and how to apply for benefits, please call the 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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