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WIC provides help with healthy foods

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For pregnant women and parents with young kids, help with the grocery bill is available. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children provides nutrition education, resource referrals, and supplemental foods to qualifying families with children under age 5.

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The income guidelines are set at 185 percent of the federal poverty level: a family of four could make up to $821 per week or $42,643 per year gross income, before taxes.

If family members participate in FoodShare, BadgerCare or free-or-reduced lunch programs at school, they are likely to qualify. But many working families qualify, too, local coordinators said.

Participants receive vouchers to purchase foods including milk, cereal, eggs, fruits and vegetables among others.

To learn more about WIC, visit the Wisconsin WIC Program website at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/wic or call Pierce County WIC at 715-273-6755.

Goodhue County also has a WIC program. Visit http://www.co.goodhue.mn.us/departments/publichealth.

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