Two new WIC Programs authorized grocery stores in Allegheny County
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is pleased to announce the addition of two more grocery stores in Allegheny County that have become WIC authorized.
The Giant Eagle Bridgeville at 1025 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, in the Chartiers Valley Shopping Center and Giant Eagle Gibsonia at 400 Northtowne Square, Gibsonia, on Route 8, are now authorized to accept the new eWIC EBT cards for the purchase of WIC allowable foods and infant formulas.
There are now 81 WIC authorized grocery stores in Allegheny County. For a full listing, visit the ACHD website at www.achd.net/wic. Registered users can also the WIC Shopper App at www.EBTshopper.com to plan your shopping trip. It is available in nine (9) different languages.
The WIC Program is a nutrition and supplemental foods program for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, for up to one year of postpartium, women up to six month postpartum who are not breastfeeding, and infants and children under five years old.
WIC Eligibility is based on income and nutritional risk.
Residents must also meet WIC income guidelines, which are 185 percent of the poverty level set by the federal government and is based on household size. They must also have a medical or nutritional risk which is determined at the WIC certification appointment. There are many qualifying risks. Some examples include anemia, underweight, overweight, premature baby, and pregnancy complications.
WIC participants receive nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and food benefits redeemable at participating grocery stores. Some of the WIC foods include infant formula, infant cereal, infant fruits, infant vegetables, infant meats, milk, cheese, eggs, yogurt, juice, cereal, peanut butter, whole grains (includes bread, rice, tortillas, pasta, oatmeal, soy beverage, tofu, dry or canned beans, canned tuna, canned pink salmon, canned sardines, and fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, including organic varieties.
The WIC Program also offers an interactive, virtual kitchen classroom for those who are looking to learn more about foods that will be sustainable, nutritious and available options that they can find in the grocery store.
For more information about ACHD WIC, including information on guidelines, appointment openings, and how to apply, call the ACHD WIC Program at 412-350-5801 or visit the county or state’s websites: www.achd.net/wic or www.pawic.com.
The Pennsylvania WIC Program is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider.