Significant Increases in ‘WIC’ Nutrition Program Funding

San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) is happy to announce that members within the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program will see a big enhance within the portion of their advantages that can be utilized to pay for contemporary produce.

The short-term enhance is due to funds made out there by the American Rescue Act. Pregnant ladies and fogeys or authorized guardians for kids below the age of 5 are inspired to use for the SJBPH program to entry these advantages.

As an instance, direct advantages for vegetables and fruit are tripling. The new quantity only for vegetables and fruit will probably be $35 monthly for every mother and little one on WIC for June by means of September 2021. WIC additionally offers milk, entire grains, cereal, eggs and extra to enrolled households.

This beneficiant enhance helps assist WIC members’ wants for wholesome meals, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic. With this enhance, WIC advantages can offset grocery bills equal to about $85 per particular person monthly. These advantages present much-needed monetary flexibility for households in Archuleta County to allow them to afford different requirements like payments, fuel, well being packages or faculty provides.

“The WIC program is all about serving to mothers and dads present the most effective for themselves and their youngsters. We know that some households need assistance alongside the way in which, together with many who’ve seen paychecks and alternatives dry up through the COVID-19 pandemic. These elevated advantages will assist them pay for wholesome meals that their household must thrive,” mentioned Liane Jollon, govt director of SJBPH. “We are proud to assist this program and need as many eligible native households as potential to hitch.”

“The WIC program is basically serving to my little household to develop up wholesome and joyful. Whether it was diet guides, components modifications or assist buying wholesome groceries, this program is so necessary for my household. It was simple to use and I encourage others to contact SJBPH about WIC,” mentioned Brittany, a neighborhood WIC participant.

Many households are eligible for WIC. If you’re a father, mom, grandparent, foster dad or mum or different authorized guardian of a kid below 5, you may apply for WIC. Individuals who obtain Health First Colorado (Medicaid) are robotically eligible for WIC and even those that are over revenue for Health First Colorado might qualify; one could also be on WIC and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on the identical time.

You can take part in WIC if you happen to:

  • Live in Colorado (U.S. citizenship will not be required).
  • Are pregnant or not too long ago had a child, and/or have a baby youthful than 5 years.
  • Have a household revenue that meets WIC pointers.
  • Currently obtain Health First Colorado (Medicaid), SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families ( TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservation (FDPIR). This offers computerized eligibility.
  • Have a foster little one below age 5.

If you have an interest in studying extra concerning the WIC program at SJBPH, go to or name (970) 335-2018.

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