The impact of the ongoing pandemic and the recent 2022 Abbott recall of certain powdered formulas has led to periodic infant formula shortages for all consumers, including WIC families. More information for WIC families on infant formula availability can be found at the California WIC Infant Formula Availability webpage.

Certain lot numbers of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas have been recalled. Check the lot number on the bottom of your formula to see if your formula needs to be returned. If you have recalled formula, do NOT use it. Return it to the store or call the manufacturer at 800-986-8540 for replacement. Find out more about the recall at the Abbott Recall webpage (www.similacrecall.com).

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What is the WIC Fruits and Vegetables Benefit?

WIC families receive a monthly cash-value benefit on their California WIC Card for fruits and vegetables purchases. Families can buy fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type, or combination with their Fruits and Vegetables Benefit. Organic fruits and vegetables are included.

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

The benefit increase that started in October 2021 has been extended through September 2022!

The increased dollar amounts will continue to be:

For example, a family with 1 breastfeeding parent and 3 eligible children would get $119 ($47+24+24+24) each month through September for fruits and vegetables.

How were the benefit levels for this temporary benefit increase decided?

The benefit levels by participant category (children, pregnant and postpartum, and breastfeeding) 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 get the new temporary increase?

The extension to the Fruits and Vegetables Benefit increase will last for 6 months, from April 2022 through September 2022.

Each monthly benefit is good for 30 days from the date they are issued. For example, benefits issued on September 30, 2022 can be used through October 29, 2022.

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.

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 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:
Email: WIC@cdph.ca.gov
Call toll free: (800) 852-5770

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The California WIC Card makes shopping fast and easy. Take a look at this instructional video to find out more:

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In-Person Tel: 1-800-852-5770
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