Veggies and fruits improve supplies extra dietary entry to WIC households


OCALA, Fla.– In March, the American Rescue Plan Act authorized WIC state agencies to increase WIC benefit for a period of four months and expanded the vegetable and fruit voucher from $ 9 per month for children and $ 11 per month for women to 35 USD per month per participant. The WIC vegetable and fruit voucher is known as the cash value advantage (CVB). The CVB is credited with improving the nutritional quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of childhood obesity among WIC infants.

Florida WIC will implement the increased CVB from June 1 to September 30, 2021. All women and children aged 1 to 4 who participate in the WIC program will receive an increase in their fruit and vegetable voucher to USD 35 per participant per participant month. For example, from June to September 2021, a pregnant woman and her 2-year-old will receive a cash voucher totaling $ 70 each month for fruits and vegetables. 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 allowed. Organic fruits and vegetables are also allowed.

For more information on Extended Benefits, WIC Appointments, or Breastfeeding Aids, call the Marion County’s WIC Program at 352-622-1161, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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