Illinois WIC Income Guidelines

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The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is a federally funded grant that Congress funds each year. WIC is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which is requesting $7.731 billion to fund it in the 2012 federal budget, an increase of $128 million over 2011. It is not an entitlement program because it does not set aside an unlimited amount of funds to cover every eligible individual. This program is overseen by the USDA and administered by the states. Participants receive checks that state specifically the food items that they can purchase through the program. These checks are valid at participating retail establishments. The grant is available to assist in meeting the nutritional needs of pregnant women, newborns, toddlers and other children up to age 5. Recipients can utilize the WIC program at over 47,000 authorized retailers in the United States.

Target Demographic

  • Eligibility for WIC doesn't depend solely on income. The grant may assist pregnant women throughout pregnancy up to six months after delivery or the pregnancy ends. Also eligible are breastfeeding women up to the child's first birthday and non-breastfeeding women until the child is 6 months old. The grant may also cover children up to the age of 5. According to the USDA website, WIC covers 45% of all infants in the United States.

Annual Income Limits

  • There are WIC income limits. A family of two may be eligible if income is less than $26,955. A family of three may be eligible if income is less than $33,874. A family of four may be eligible if income is less than $40,793. A family of five may be eligible if income is less than $47,712. A family of six may be eligible if income is less than $54,631. A family of seven may be eligible if income is less than $61,550. A family of eight may be eligible if income is less than $68,469.

Monthly Income Guidelines

  • A family of two may be eligible if monthly income is less than $2,247. A family of three may be eligible if monthly income is less than $2,823. A family of four may be eligible if monthly income is less than $3,400. A family of five may be eligible if monthly income is less than $3,976. A family of six may be eligible if monthly income is less than $4,553. A family of seven may be eligible if monthly income is less than $5,130. A family of eight may be eligible if monthly income is less than $5,706.

Bi-Weekly Income

  • A family of two may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $1,037. A family of three may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $1,303. A family of four may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $1,569. A family of five may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $1,836. A family of six may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $2,102. A family of seven may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $2,368. A family of eight may be eligible if bi-weekly income is less than $2,634.

Weekly Income

  • A family of two may be eligible if weekly income is less than $519. A family of three may be eligible if weekly income is less than $652. A family of four may be eligible if weekly income is less than $785. A family of five may be eligible if weekly income is less than $918. A family of six may be eligible if weekly income is less than $1051. A family of seven may be eligible if weekly income is less than $1,184. A family of eight may be eligible if weekly income is less than $1,317.

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