Expanding Fruit and Vegetable Benefits in WIC: A Key Provision for WIC Participants and State Agencies
What is the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Expansion Provision?
The American Rescue Plan, enacted on March 11, 2021, includes a provision that expands access to fruits and vegetables for mothers and children participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC food packages currently provide $9 for fruits and vegetables per month for children and $11 per month for women. The new WIC Fruit and Vegetable Expansion Provision provides funding for states to increase the monthly value of fruits and vegetables in both the women’s and children’s food package up to $35 per month for up to four months. Funds must be distributed by September 30, 2021. To ensure participants receive the full four months of benefits, states should act quickly to begin distributing the enhanced fruit and vegetable benefits by June at the latest.
Food Research & Action Center’s WIC Program Brief: One Year of WIC During COVID-19: Waivers are Vital to Participation and Benefit Redemption
WIC is an important resource during COVID-19. WIC improves participants’ health, dietary intake, and birth and health outcomes. WIC also supports learning and development, reduces food insecurity, and helps to alleviate poverty. In addition, WIC supports economic stability and improves the availability of healthy foods in low-income communities through participating stores. This brief details the change in WIC participation and food costs during the first full year of COVID-19 (March 2020 through February 2021).
New State Fact Sheets on Infant and Toddler Health from FRAC and the Think Babies™ Campaign
Are infants and toddlers in your state getting the nutrition they need for a healthy start in life? Find out with a new set of fact sheets released by the Food Research & Action Center and the Think Babies™ campaign.
Making WIC Work Better: Strategies to Reach More Women and Children and Strengthen Benefits Use
Check out the report for more information on how to break down barriers to participation, identify strategies for your state, community or program, and to make the case for WIC.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children — known as WIC — provides low-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children with nutritious foods, nutrition education, and improved access to health care in order to prevent nutrition-related health problems in pregnancy, infancy, and early childhood.
Quick Facts: 2018 WIC Participation
- Approximately 6.9 million women, infants, and children relied on the WIC program each month.
- Each month, WIC provided nutritious food to approximately: 3.5 million children, 1.7 million infants, and 1.6 million women.
- WIC was created in 1974 in response to the realization that inadequate nutrition poses real dangers to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children.