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.
Explore this two page resource for details on implementing the WIC Fruit and Vegetable Expansion Provision.