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VEGGIES AND FRUITS INCREASE PROVIDES MORE NUTRITIONAL ACCESS TO WIC FAMILIES

By Patricia Roberts

May 24, 2021

Contact:
Patti Roberts, Public Information Officer
Patricia.roberts@flhealth.gov  
850-401-6353

 

DeFuniak Springs, Fla. –  On March 12, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)  authorized State WIC Agencies to enhance the WIC benefit for a period of four months, expanding the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9/month for children and $11/month for women to $35 per month, per participant. WIC’s vegetable and fruit voucher is known as the Cash Value Benefit (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 CVB increase beginning June 1, 2021 until September 30, 2021. All women and children 1 – 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 $70 cash voucher to use on fruits and vegetables per month from June – September 2021. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Any brand, variety, size, with no added sugar, syrup, artificial sweeteners, fat, or oil. Organic fruits and vegetables are allowed.

“With hurricane season starting in a few days, it is important to update your emergency plans and supplies before Florida is threatened by a storm.  It’s important to stay prepared before and after a storm and this is a great opportunity for WIC participants to use this cash voucher to stock up with canned fruits and vegetables”, said Holly Holt, Health Officer and Administrator.  

Clients can contact the Walton County WIC Office for questions Monday – Friday between 7:30am – 4:30pm at 850-892-8020.

For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Walton County please visit walton.floridahealth.gov/ or call 850-892-8020 for WIC information and appointments.

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