STATE—The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program received expanded income guidelines earlier this month, announced Maternal and Family Health Services, Inc.

According to a release, this will open the program's free nutrition educational materials up to more families in the county.

Approved from the beginning of July, the new guidelines permit families of one to qualify at an annual gross income of $22,311.

Two person families qualify at a gross income of $30,044.

Eligibility increases at a gross income rate of $7,733 per additional family member, such that the cost for three member families is $37,777, for four member families is $45,510, for five member families is $ 53,243, for six member families is $60,976 and so on from there.

In addition to meeting the income guidelines, qualifying participants must also live in Pennsylvania and demonstrate a nutritional or medical need.

According to the WIC website, participants receive an initial health and diet screening to determine risks such as anemia, weight insufficiency, or poor eating habits.

Pregnant women, those breastfeeding, or those who have had a child in the last six months are all eligible to apply for WIC assistance.

Parents, step-parents, foster parents or legal guardians of children under five can apply for their children.

According to a WIC release, the program not only provides food vouchers, but also nutrition education, breastfeeding support, immunization record checks, iron deficiency screenings, farmers' market vouchers and referrals to other health and social services.

WIC is offered in Wayne County out of the office located at 8 Silk Mill Drive, Suite 226, Hawley.

Is also available to Pike County residents at 1592 Route 739, Dingmans Ferry.

Those interested can find more information by calling (570) 390-5000 or visiting the Maternal and Family Health Services website: www.mfhs.org.