WIC benefits to increase temporarily

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County has announced WIC benefits will temporarily expand starting on June 1. 

The American Rescue Plan Act funded the increase through state agencies, and Florida is implementing it for the months of June through September. During that time the vegetable and fruit voucher—known as the Cash Value Benefit (CVB)—will increase from $9/month for children and $11/month for women to $35/month per participant. 

“All women and children between 1 and 4 years old who participate in the WIC Program will receive an increase in their fruits and vegetables cash vouchers to $35 per participant per month,” the health department said in a press release. 

The CVB is aimed at reducing childhood obesity and improving dietary quality for WIC participants. According to WIC guidelines, fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned, and any brand or size with no added sugar, syrup, artificial sweeteners, fat or oil are eligible. Organic fruits and vegetables are allowed.

For more information, contact customer service representatives Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 352-225-4343 or 1-800-494-2543.

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