More Idaho residents may be eligible for benefits through the state starting this month.

On July 1, Idaho’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for women, infants, and children (WIC) will raise household income eligibility limits. This is a part of an annual review and adjustment process.

To be eligible for the program, an applicant’s gross income must fall at or below 185 percent of the U.S. Poverty Guidelines.

The new guidelines will allow a family of three who earns up to $40,182 annually to be eligible for the benefits. Previously a family of three could only gross $39,461 annually.

To be eligible for WIC, an individual must be pregnant or breastfeeding, a woman who has recently been pregnant or an infant or child younger than five years old.

The individual applying for benefits must be a resident of Idaho and have a need that can be helped by WIC and nutritional counseling.

To apply for WIC call the Idaho CareLine at 211 or call 1-800-926-2588.

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