Originally Posted by aniT
Like I said, I don't think it is acurate. We would have to have two more children, (not including the one I am pregnant with now) before we qualified.
We live pay check to pay check as it is.
Those are the federal guidelines. states can (and do) choose to fund WIC beyond the federal mandates. WA, for example, at the time of my son's birth had a limit of twice the federal poverty level, which, while still low in comparison to the cost of living, was pretty close to what my friends and I were making fresh out of school.
WA also does choose to fund organic milk and has had farmer's market checks ($30/person last I checked) for years. Each state makes WIC a different program, depending on what they're willing to fund.
The changes aren't perfect, but MUCH better than being essentially drowned in milk and cheese. WIC isn't intended to replace all food anyway; it's a supplemental food program intended to supply very specific nutrients. Even the formula program doesn't supply all formula needed by a child over 4-6 months. No, it's not perfect, but it's food, and in this country there are very few sources of support for families.
About salmon being an acquired taste -- well, what isn't? I hated tuna as a kid. It seems like a reasonable alternative, though as the daughter of a fisherman in the Gulf of AK I would hope it's wild and not farmed.