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More Iowa mothers are seeking help

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DES MOINES - The Iowa Department of Public Health says more Iowa mothers with young children are getting federal food aid.

State health officials say more than 72,500 Iowans enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and children last month. That's up 3.4 percent from last year and it's the highest number ever.

Enrollment in the program is up in areas that were damaged by flooding, but state public health director Tom Newton says economic factors are behind the numbers.

Forty-three percent of children born in Iowa were enrolled in WIC in 2006 - the most recent year the numbers are available - and state official say they expect that number to be even higher in 2007 and this year.

WIC is available to pregnant women and families with children through age 5 with household incomes of up to 180 percent of poverty level, or $38,160 for a family a four.

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