(WDHN) — The state of Alabama has expanded its requirement for the WIC food benefits program.

Alabama’s income guidelines for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (better known as WIC) have increased and additional people may qualify, according to a release.

If you are a woman who is pregnant, has had a baby within the past six months, are currently breastfeeding; or if you are the parent or guardian of a child up to age 5, the Alabama Department of Public Health asks you to contact your local county health department or WIC agency to apply.

WIC participants may receive food benefits for each qualifying family member. Increased cash value benefits are also available to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition to food benefits, WIC participants receive free nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals. The WIC program now provides electronic food benefits.

Under new guidelines, more families may be eligible for the program. WIC is open to participants with incomes up to 185% of the federal poverty level. The table below show qualifying amount:

Families who receive Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) already meet the income qualifications for WIC. Even families who do not qualify for these programs may be eligible for WIC because of WIC’s higher income limits.

For more information click here, or call the statewide number at 1-888-942-4673.