Women, Infant and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program (WIC)
Total Stimulus Appropriation: $500 million ($100 million for information technology; $400 million to ensure that there are no waiting lists for WIC services)
New Jersey’s Portion: $7-$10 million, depending on WIC enrollment
Allocation Method: New Jersey will receive its share based on need due to increased number of participants in the WIC program.  Funds will be directed to the State WIC program for distribution through food packages and local WIC agencies that are experiencing increased caseloads.
Program Overview
WIC provides supplemental nutritious foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to the age of five.  WIC services include nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding promotion and support, immunization screening and health care referrals. WIC Services are available to low-income families as well as families experiencing unemployment, military deployment and other interim family financial hardships.

Families with gross incomes at or below 185% of the federal poverty level are eligible for participation in the WIC program.

Federal Requirements and Restrictions
Specific requirements have not been published by USDA, at this time.

Program Eligibility
States, like New Jersey, that currently participate in the USDA WIC Program are eligible to receive federal funds under the Stimulus Act.

Project Prioritization
The contingency funds will prevent waiting lists even if states see large numbers of new enrollees, exceeding their current federal fiscal year 2009 appropriation. As a result, there will be no waiting list for services in New Jersey.

Important Program Dates
The United States Department of Agriculture has not yet issued timelines or guidance to states on applying for the funding.


 

For more information on WIC and how to access the program please visit: http://www.nj.gov/health/fhs/wic/index.shtml