In March, the American Rescue Plan Act authorized State WIC Agencies to expand the vegetable and fruit voucher from $9/month for children and $11/month for women to $35 per month, per participant for a period of four months.
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 Cash Value Benefit 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.
For more information on enrollment and eligibility for the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County, please visit osceola.floridahealth.gov or call their customer service representatives Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 407-343-2085 for WIC appointments and 407-343-2087 for breastfeeding assistance.