WIC Households Obtain Restricted Time Dietary Bonus

On March 12, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) authorized state WIC agencies to upgrade the WIC benefit for a period of four months. This expansion expands the monthly vegetable and fruit voucher from USD 9 for children and USD 11 for women to USD 35 per month per participant, a huge benefit for young and growing families. WIC’s Vegetable / Fruit Voucher, known as Cash Value Benefit (CVB), is credited with improving the nutritional quality of WIC participants and reducing the prevalence of obesity in WIC toddlers.

Florida WIC began implementing this new CVB increase on June 1, 2021. All women and their one to four year old children who participate in the WIC program will receive an increase in their fruit and vegetable cash voucher to USD 35 per participant per month. For example, between June 1 and September 30, 2021, a pregnant woman and her two-year-old child will receive a monthly cash voucher totaling USD 70 for fruits and vegetables. 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.

“This special offer will definitely benefit our WIC families,” said Michelle Morrell, WIC director for the Flagler County’s Department of Health. “It has been a tough year for many in our community and it is very much appreciated that families will receive additional grocery savings this summer.”

For more information about enrollment and eligibility for the Florida Department of Health in Flagler County’s WIC program, visit our website or call (386) 437-7294.

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