- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Department of Health has released new income guidelines for a federal nutrition program that assists mothers, infants and children.

The department announced the new guidelines for the federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The program aimed to offer education on health eating, nutrition and breastfeeding and to improve health by providing healthy foods to supplement diets.

The guidelines lay out the maximum income eligibility levels for families ranging from 1 to 10 people.

A family of one can now be eligible if its annual income doesn’t exceed $21,775. A family of five cannot exceed $52,559. And a family of 10 cannot make more than $91,039 each year.

If eligible, a family will get food “checks” to buy foods at authorized grocery stores.

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