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The Texas Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is temporarily increasing benefits for families to purchase more fruits and vegetables through December 2021.
The increase, which Congress approved in September, could help approximately 700,000 women and children in Texas.
“We are proud to be able to help families provide nutritional food to their young children,” Texas WIC Director Edgar Curtis said. “Fruits and vegetables are essential to provide the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals at the critical developmental stages of pregnancy, breastfeeding, infancy and early childhood.”
WIC clients will need visit a WIC office to receive the following monthly allocation through the rest of the year:
Children: $24; Pregnant, postpartum and some breastfeeding clients: $43; Fully and partially breastfeeding clients: $47.
In January, the benefit will return to its original amount of $11 for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and $9 for children 1 to 5 years old.
“With families still struggling during this pandemic we are encouraging them to call and come by to redeem these benefits,” LVN/Frio WIC Director Tammy Sanchez said. “We want to help ease some of the struggle.”
WIC is a federal nutrition program that provides healthy food, one-on-one nutrition counseling, recipes, nutrition classes, and breastfeeding support to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, and families with children younger than five.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission administers WIC in Texas. More information about the program is available at TexasWIC.org.