LANSING, Michigan – Michigan’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) customers will receive additional cash benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables in grocery stores through the end of the year, officials said Tuesday. State.
When President Joe Biden enacted the Extending Government Funding and Provision of Emergency Aid Act of 2022 last September, he authorized state WIC agencies to dramatically increase the benefits of the program by in vegetables and fruit until December 31, 2021.
“Michigan is thrilled to offer this great increase in benefits to the women, infants and children we serve,” said Christina Herring-Johnson, director of Michigan WIC. “This increase in fresh fruits and vegetables will continue to promote and support healthier eating habits and overall excellent nutrition.”
The monthly cash value benefit for fruits and vegetables has increased to $ 24 for children, $ 43 for pregnant and postpartum women, and $ 47 for breastfeeding people.
“With far too many families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic to afford healthy foods that help grow healthy children, this temporary boost to the WIC advantage is an investment in our future. country, ”said Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association. “Increased access to vegetables and fruits is a critical step in ensuring children have access to essential nutrients, reducing childhood obesity rates while strengthening our local agricultural economies. In communities across the country, WIC stands ready to help parents continue to navigate the COVID-19 crisis. “