Veggies and fruits increase provides more nutritional access to WIC families
May 27, 2021
OCALA, Fla.—In March, the American Rescue Plan Act authorized state WIC agencies to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9 per month for children and $11 per month for women to $35 per month per participant. WIC’s vegetable and fruit voucher is known as the cash value benefit, or CVB. The CVB is credited with improving the dietary quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity among WIC toddlers.
Florida WIC will be implementing the increased CVB from June 1 until Sept. 30, 2021. All women and children ages 1 to 4 years old who participate in the WIC program will receive an increase in their fruits and vegetables cash voucher to $35 per participant per month. For example, a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old child will receive a total of a $70 cash voucher to use on fruits and vegetables each month from June to September 2021. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Any brand, variety or size with no added sugar, syrup, artificial sweeteners, fat or oil is eligible. Organic fruits and vegetables are also allowed.
For more information on the expanded benefits, WIC appointments or breastfeeding assistance, contact Marion County’s WIC program Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 352-622-1161.
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