Temporary benefit increase extended through March for Missouri WIC participants

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri WIC extends the temporary increase in the Cash Value Benefit for Fruit and Vegetable Purchases (CVBs) for January, February and March 2022. The increase is the same amount as in November and December: $ 24 per month for participating children, $ 43 per month for pregnant and postpartum participants and $ 47 per month for breastfeeding participants. Standard CVB values ​​range from $ 9 to $ 11.

WIC is the Department of Health and Elderly Services (DHSS) special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children.

On December 3, 2021, President Biden enacted the Government Funding Extension Act of 2022, giving the USDA the power to extend the temporary CVB increase. The Missouri WIC will use this authority in January, February and March 2022 to provide additional healthy fruits and vegetables to 60,000 women and children per month.

“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to expand this increase in value for the women and children of Missouri,” said Donald Kauerauf, director of DHSS. “Added fruits and vegetables are the basis of a healthier diet and help improve our overall health. “

Eligible participants should contact their local WIC office to make an appointment to load the additional funds onto their eWIC card before January 1st to avoid any delay.

WIC families have the opportunity to purchase nutritious foods from over 600 WIC authorized retailers throughout Missouri and can receive services at any of 117 local agencies. WIC serves financially eligible women, infants and children under the age of five. Fathers, in-laws, foster parents, grandparents and guardians are also encouraged to apply for WIC benefits for all children in the household under the age of five.

Missouri WIC provides quality nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion and support, nutritious foods, and referrals to health services. It is also one of the most successful, cost-effective, and important nutrition intervention programs in the country.

Missouri residents wanting to learn more about the benefits of WIC can visit wic.mo.gov or call TEL-LINK at 1-800-835-5465 to find the local WIC agency closest to them.

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