The Department of Health and Human Resources made an announcement on Tuesday which could affect many state residents.
It released new eligibility guidelines for the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program known as WIC. The new guidelines will potentially give 5,000 more people in West Virginia the opportunity to receive benefits.
The guidelines allow a family of four to make a $44,123 a year which is a $555 increase from last year's figures. WIC serves 46,000 mothers and children in the state and 70% of all babies born in the Mountain State benefit from the program.
Officials are saying the new eligibility requirements will help them reach more people in Doddridge, Harrison, Marion, Monongalia, Preston and Taylor counties.
Brenda Fisher is the Monongalia County Health Department WIC Nutrition Supervisor. She said, "The increase in the guidelines could potentially increase our case load by 500 clients within the six counties which would be great."
People with questions about eligibility should call 1-800-675-5181 or click here.