The City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program has extended the temporary, increase in the fruit and vegetable dollar amount through March 31, 2022.
The Cash-Value Benefit (CVB) amount for fruits and vegetables will show in eligible WIC participants shopping list starting January 1, 2022, through March 31, 2022. Participants that already have January, February or March benefits, will need to return to the WIC office to ensure their benefits are modified to reflect the increase.
The CVB amounts are as follows:
- $24 per month for child participants
- $43 per month for pregnant and postpartum women participants
- $47 per month for fully and partially breastfeeding women participants
- $70.50 per month for fully breastfeeding multiples/women participants
This food benefit may be used to purchase fruit and vegetables that are fresh, frozen, canned, in glass jars or plastic containers. Participants are able to choose organic or standard, single or mixed items that meet nutrition requirements and specifications.
This extension will benefit current WIC participants which are as follows:
- 25,455 total WIC participants
- 12,405 children
- 3,027 breastfeeding women
- 2,327 pregnant women
WIC benefits begin during pregnancy and continue until the participating child’s fifth birthday. WIC provides supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutrition needs of low-income participants, breastfeeding support and nutrition counseling by trained professionals.
To qualify as a WIC participant, income eligibility guidelines and El Paso/Hudspeth County residency must be met. For a list of items to bring to an appointment click here.
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