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What is the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit? What can I buy with this benefit?

The WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit offers families a monthly cash-value benefit on their California WIC Card for the purchase of fruits and vegetables. These benefits can be used to buy dried fruit, fresh, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables of any brand, type, or combination. Organic fruits and vegetables are also included.

What is the latest update to the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit?

The WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase now has new adjusted amounts, effective October 1, 2023.

The new increased dollar amounts are now:

How were the benefit amounts decided?

The benefit levels are based on independent scientific recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM). The benefit levels are also consistent with longstanding advice in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and adjusted for inflation.

How long will WIC families receive the benefits?

At this time, the temporary extension to the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase has been extended through September 30, 2024.

Each monthly benefit is valid for 30 days from the date they are issued. For example, benefits issued on November 15, 2023, can be used through December 14, 2023.

The benefit amounts are set by the United States Congress and may change before September 30, 2024. Families should continue checking this website for updates.

Where can I use the Fruits and Vegetables Benefit?

You can use your Fruits and Vegetables Benefit at WIC approved stores and with farmers that accept the WIC Card.

You can find approved WIC stores and farmers accepting the WIC Card on the MyFamily website.

What can I buy with my Fruits and Vegetables Benefit?

You can buy fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type, or combination. Organic fruits and vegetables are included.

What are some fruits and vegetables ideas to try?

Your local WIC staff are happy to share simple ways to make fruits and vegetables a tasty part of your meals. Find your local WIC office here: WIC Office Search.

Use your Fruits and Vegetables Benefit to also stock up on canned and frozen fruits and veggies for later. Check out shopping tips and ways to stretch your benefit on MyFamily.WIC.ca.gov.

Who can I talk to about these updates?

Contact your WIC local office for more information. Find your local WIC office here: WIC Office Search.

You can also contact the CDPH WIC Division State Office:

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Page Last Updated: October 05, 2023




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