As of June 1, 2021, families enrolled in California Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are receiving a temporary increase in their monthly WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit to total 35 dollars.

Currently, children ages one to five receive nine dollars per month total, and pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women receive 11 dollars per month total.

Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act allowed the California WIC program to enhance the program’s Fruits and Vegetables Benefit throughout the summer. This increased benefit will allow families enrolled in the WIC program to buy and consume more healthy fruits and vegetables.

The Fruit and Vegetables Benefit increase will be issued from June 1, 2021, through September 30, 2021. Benefits are good for 30 days from the date they are issued. For example, benefits issued on September 27 can still be used through October 26.

WIC families can also combine their Fruits and Vegetables Benefit with WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks for even more purchasing power at farmer’s markets. The checks are issued in addition to regular WIC benefits between May and November and can be used to buy fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs from WIC authorized farmers’ markets and roadside stands.

The Fruits and Vegetables Benefit has a significant impact on the dietary quality of WIC families. Eating a diet that is high in fruits and vegetables reduces the prevalence of chronic disease and strengthens the immune system. Families interested in applying for WIC can visit MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov to learn more about the program and find out if they qualify.