Eligibility for Federal Food and Nutrition Programs and Program Benefits

Program

Eligibility

Benefits

Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

Local phone number:

______—__________

Pregnant women, postpartum women (up to 6 months), breastfeeding women (up to 1 year), infants, and children (aged <5 years); must be certified to be at nutritional risk, and household income must be determined to be ≤185%/a of the federal poverty levelb

Individualized food packages provided monthly. These include foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, fruit juice, cereal, peanut butter or legumes, infant formula, and infant cereal

Nutrition education

Referrals

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

Local phone number:

______—__________

Pregnant women, breastfeeding women, other postpartum women, infants and children (aged <6 years); household income must be determined to be ≤185%a of the federal poverty level

Monthly canned or packaged foods including fruits, vegetables, meats, infant formula, farina, beans, other as available

Food Stamp Program

Local phone number:

______—__________

U.S. citizens, recognized refugees with visa status, and legal aliens-all from households with low income and with resources (aside from income) of ≤$2,000 (≤$3,000 with at least one elderly personc); eligibility is determined after formal application to local public assistance or social services agencies

Food vouchers, cards, or checks to purchase foods at participating food markets



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