New 10¢ California Redemption Value (CRV) Fee for Bottled Juice

  • Your WIC juice benefit does not cover this fee and it will need to be paid with a different form of payment.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

When shoppers buy certain beverages, they pay a California Redemption Value or CRV fee. Shoppers can get CRV refunds by returning clean, empty containers to recycling centers.

A new California law has made changes to the container types that can be charged the CRV fee. Now, all containers of 100% fruit juice and vegetable juice are included.

This new fee applies only to shelf-stable juice sold in bottles. This fee does not apply to frozen or shelf-stable concentrate juice.

You must pay the CRV juice bottle fee to the WIC authorized store at the time you buy any 64 oz bottle of juice. The ten cents ($0.10) fee will be added to each 64 oz bottle of juice you buy.

You can take your clean, empty bottles to a recycling center for a refund of the deposit fee you paid when you purchased your WIC juice.

Visit the CalRecyle website for a list of recycling centers.

You may not always see the 10 cents ($0.10) fee on the bottled juice labels. Bottles filled and labeled before July 1, 2024, are not required to have the $0.10 fee printed on the label.

However, all bottled juice will have a $0.10 fee starting January 1, 2024, even without labeling.

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:

What’s Happening With the WIC Fruit and Veggie Increase?

Negotiations Continue on Fiscal Year 2024 Spending Bills

A Continuing Resolution through January 19, 2024, continues to fund the WIC Program as Congress finalizes the upcoming fiscal year. With a growing number of qualified applicants and the rising cost of food prices, additional funding for the program is needed. Without enough funding, states would be required to put eligible parents and young children on waiting lists.

WIC Families Have Been Receiving Increased Benefits Since June 2021

Since June 2021, WIC families have been receiving increased fruit and vegetable benefits – the “WIC benefit bump” because of temporary legislation (American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Omnibus Agreement in March 2022, Continuing Resolution in September 2022, and the Omnibus Package in December 2022).

In September 2023, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution to extend the increased fruit and vegetable benefits. Before the increase, the WIC food package included $9 for each child and $11 for each enrolled adult to spend on fruits and vegetables. WIC is now advocating to make the WIC benefit bump permanent and for Congress to provide the additional funding needed for the WIC program this fiscal year.

Monthly Fruit & Vegetable Benefits:

$26 each month for children ages 1-4
$47 each month for pregnant and postpartum participants
$52 each month for breastfeeding and chestfeeding postpartum participants

We remain hopeful that Congress will make the increased fruit and vegetable benefits permanent and provide the additional funding needed for the program.

WIC Benefit Bump Frequently Asked Questions

Every month, WIC families receive a cash value for fruits and vegetables as part of their WIC food package. Each child and adult participating in WIC receives a cash value depending on their category listed above.

For example, if 1 breastfeeding parent and 3 eligible children are participating in WIC, the family will receive $130 ($52 + $26 + $26 + $26) each month with their WIC benefits for fruits and vegetables.

WIC benefits do NOT carry over from month to month. Remember to shop for all of your WIC foods before your benefit end date each month. You can find your benefit end date on the CA WIC App, at the top of the Food Balance screen.

Shop for fruits and vegetables using your WIC card at any stores that accept WIC in California. You can also shop at farmers' markets that accept the WIC card!

You can buy fresh, dried, canned, and frozen fruits and vegetables in any brand, type or combination, including organic options.

Tip! Buy canned and frozen fruits and vegetables to stock up.

A message to WIC participants & community partners

You can help encourage Congress to fully fund the WIC Program by

  • Spending the full amount of benefits each month

  • Sharing your photos and stories on social media using #ExtendtheWICBump

  • Sending a letter to Congress using the using the button below.