The Participant Characteristics (PC) Minimum Data Set (MDS) contains data items which are reported to FNS electronically by State agencies in April in even numbered years on all or a State-representative sample of participants. The MDS has required
data items which must be collected and reported. The Supplemental Data Set (SDS) is comprised of data items which State agencies have agreed are desirable to collect and report at the national level. Please check MDS or SDS data items the State agency
currently collects in its Information Systems and those MDS or SDS data items it is planning to collect within the next two years.
Family/Household or Economic Unit Income. For persons for whom income is determined during the certification process, the income amount that was determined to qualify them for the WIC Program during the most recent certification. For descriptive
purposes only, for participants whose income was not required to be determined as part of the WIC Program certification process, the self-reported income at the time of certification. These participants include adjunctively income-eligible participants
and those persons deemed eligible under optional procedures available to the State Agency in Federal WIC Regulations, Section 246.7(d)(2)(vi-viii).
Zero should not be used to indicate income values that are missing or not available. Zero should indicate only an actual value of zero.
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