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Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

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WIC 1994-5
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DATE: May 3, 1994
MEMO CODE: WIC Policy Memorandum: 94-5
SUBJECT: Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
TO: Regional Directors
Supplemental Food Programs
All Regions

The purpose of this policy memorandum is to provide clarification that FDPIR meets the regulatory requirements as an automatic income eligibility program for purposes of WIC program income determination.

Section 246.7(d)(2)(vi)(B) of the WIC program regulations states that the state agency may accept, as evidence of income within program guidelines, documentation of the applicant's participation in state-administered programs provided that those programs have income eligibility guidelines at or below the state agency's program income guidelines.

State-administered program means any assistance program administered by an agency which uses either state funds, federal funds, or a combination of funding sources to provide benefits/services to individuals, including the WIC population.

The FDPIR provides an alternative to the Food Stamp Program for households on Indian reservations and low-income Indian households living near reservations. For WIC income determination purposes, an applicant participating in the FDPIR may be deemed automatically income eligible for WIC.

Supplemental Food Programs Division

Page updated: August 08, 2022

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.