What’s Happening With the WIC Fruit and Veggie Increase

Increased Benefits for WIC Families are extended through September 30, 2023

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

Monthly Fruit & Vegetable Benefits:

$25 each month for children ages 1-4
$44 each month for pregnant and postpartum participants
$49 each month for breastfeeding and chestfeeding postpartum participants

We remain hopeful that Congress will make the increased fruit and vegetable benefits permanent. When that occurs, the additional benefits will be added to WIC cards and viewable on the CA WIC App, and WIC families will be notified about the additional benefits.

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 $124 ($49 + $25 + $25 + $25) 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 make this increase permanent by

  • Spending the full fruit and vegetable benefit each month
  • Sharing your photos and stories on social media using #ExtendtheWICBump
  • Submitting your comments using the button below. We want to know how this increase has impacted you.

Join a WIC Group Class on Zoom!

Connect and learn with other parents from the comfort of your home or on the go at WIC online group classes. You can join the class using any smart device. Group classes are offered in English and Spanish.

Classes begin right away at their start time. Click the button below the class date and time to join the class up to 5 minutes before the class begins. See you on Zoom!

Join a class for pregnant parents! Partners and family members are invited too.

Classes begin right away at their start time. Click the button below the class date and time to join the class up to 5 minutes before the class begins. See you on Zoom!

Come to the Newborn Feeding Secrets class where we will discuss three of our best tips to help you feel comfortable and confident feeding your baby from birth to beyond. Use the Newborn Feeding Secrets handout to follow along during class.

Discover how ingredients and flavors in breast milk compared to those found in formula can positively affect health, growth, and development of the infant by joining our What Are The Differences class. Use the What Are The Differences handout to follow along during class.

During The Hospital Experience class, you will learn ways to prepare for breastfeeding at the hospital and beyond, identify resources, and the importance of skin to skin right after birth. Use the Hospital Experience handout to follow along during class.

Find out what's fact and fiction when it comes to nursing your baby at the Breastfeeding Myths & Truths class. Learn the truth about who can breastfeed, how much milk the body can produce, and more.

Discover the benefits of using a bedtime routine to improve sleep in children, provide a framework for a simple routine, and information on how to change an existing routine during our More Sleep, Less Stress class. Use the More Sleep, Less Stress handout to follow along during class.

Kids and family members are invited too!

Classes begin right away at their start time. Click the button below the class date and time to join the class up to 5 minutes before the class begins. See you on Zoom!

Can't make it to any of these classes? Take a lesson on wichealth.org today! Check out About wichealth.org to learn how to sign up.

Trouble logging on to Zoom?



for help.

Similac 2-ounce Ready-to-Feed Formula RECALL

On October 14, 2022, Abbott announced a recall of certain 2 fluid-ounce bottles of Ready to Feed liquid formula products. These are NOT formulas provided by California WIC. Abbott has initiated this recall because a small percentage of products have bottle caps that may not be sealed, which could lead to spoilage issues. Spoilage could lead to gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea or vomiting. These products were manufactured in Columbus, Ohio.

The following products are included in this recall:

  • Similac 2 fl oz Pro-Total Comfort
  • Similac 2 fl oz 360 Total Care
  • Similac 2 fl oz 360 Total Care Sensitive
  • Similac 2 fl oz Special Care 24
  • Similac 2 fl oz Stage 1
  • Similac 2 fl oz NeoSure
  • Similac 2 fl oz Water (Sterilized)
  • Pedialyte 2 fl oz Electrolyte Solution

If you have recalled formula, check the lot number located on the side or bottom of each bottle. Use Abbott’s Lot Number tool to find out if your product is included in this recall, or view the full list of included lot numbers.

If you have recalled formula, do not feed it to your baby. For questions about your child’s health, contact their healthcare provider.

Certain powdered formulas were recalled earlier this year. Read more about the Baby Formula Shortage.

WIC is NOT Considered a Part of Public Charge

Immigrants can now access WIC, health care, food and housing support, and many more public benefits without fear of immigration consequences.

View California’s updated Public Charge Guide, available in the following languages:

Please help spread the word that the following programs are safe to use and do not affect immigration status for people currently in the US:

  • School Breakfast & Lunch Programs
  • Head Start
  • CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program)
  • WIC
  • Medi-Cal (For children under 21 years old, pregnant women, and for 60 days postpartum)

Please call (888) 942-2229 if you have questions about WIC.

“To the communities affected by this final rule, let me be clear: WIC’s clinic doors remain open. The final rule does not impose barriers on families for accessing WIC, or women from accessing Medicaid when they are pregnant or for 60 days after delivery. The final rule does not penalize families if their U.S.-citizen child is accessing benefits. We stand at your side, forever committed to our mission of delivering quality nutrition services and breastfeeding support for all families.”

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President and CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), in response to the public charge ruling on August 12, 2019.

Flexible WIC Appointments for Busy Families

WIC is more convenient than ever. The beginning of the pandemic sparked a series of changes in WIC services that have helped make the program safer and easier to access. Busy families can choose the appointment method that works best for them, connect with nutrition counselors, and quickly receive healthy foods.

Sign up for WIC today

If you are pregnant or have a child under age 5, please apply for WIC onlineWe will contact you to confirm your eligibility and complete your enrollment. In-person enrollments can be scheduled at a WIC office near you, and you will receive your food benefits the same day if you qualify. Enrollments can also be completed entirely by video or phone. You will receive your WIC benefits by mail within a few days if you qualify.

Attend appointments at home or at a WIC office near you

Many WIC appointments can be completed by video, phone, in-person, or online.

Throughout your pregnancy and your baby’s first year, you will have appointments with a WIC counselor every 1-3 months. After your baby turns 1, we will reassess their eligibility every year. If your family continues to qualify for WIC, you will have a minimum of four WIC appointments per year. Some appointments will be with a WIC counselor, and some will be classes.

Appointments with WIC counselors are by video, phone, or in-person. Class appointments are online or on Zoom. Let your WIC counselor know at your next contact if you have a preferred appointment method!

If you missed your appointment or need to reschedule, text 91997.

Read more about WIC appointment types

We will text you the link to join the video call on the day of your appointment. Simply click the link at the time of your appointment.

If you have a phone appointment, you will receive a text or call the day before your appointment with the information you will need. Please expect a call in the morning before 12 PM or afternoon before 5 PM on your appointment day.

In-person services are by appointment time only. Please arrive a few minutes before your appointment and call the phone number on the door to let your WIC counselor know that you have arrived.

For online class appointments, go to wichealth.org on or near your appointment date to take one or more lessons. If it is your first time visiting wichealth.org, please sign up. If you are a returning user, log in to complete a lesson. We will text you when your benefits have been added to your card and your next appointment is scheduled.

Two group classes are available each weekday. Find the class time that works best for you and join from home or on the go. Whether you have a class appointment or not, we would love to see you in class!

Check your WIC Benefits on the WIC App

Your WIC benefits may have already been added to your card this month. Check your WIC food balance on the WIC app. Remember to shop for ALL of your foods before your benefit end date!

If you do not see benefits on your WIC food balance, or if you need to make a change, text 91997.

Other Resources

Your In-Person WIC Appointment

PHFE WIC offers in-person office visits by appointment only. We are looking forward to seeing you!

To keep your family and our staff safe, we follow CDC and OSHA guidelines, including:

  • Providing masks to those who request them,
  • Cleaning high-touch surfaces before each appointment, and
  • Limiting the number of participants in the office at one time, and in only designated locations within the office

Please be on time for your appointment and call the phone number on the door when you arrive. If you are more than 15 minutes late, we may have to reschedule your visit.

Masks are strongly recommended for everyone age 2 and older regardless of vaccination status.

We recommend that children who are not needed for the appointment remain with a guardian or other child care option.

We will ask you the following COVID-19 screening questions when you arrive. If you become ill or answer "yes" to any of the following questions, please contact us to reschedule your appointment.

Have you had any of the following symptoms in the last 10 days?
  • Fever (at or above 100.4°F)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell

Have you had contact with a person known to be infected with or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 10 days?

Are you subject to a quarantine or isolation order?


为了确保您的家人和我们员工的安全,我们遵循 CDC 和 OSHA 规定,包括:

  • 为没有口罩的人提供口罩
  • 在每次预约前频繁的清洁与消毒人常接触的地方,以及
  • 限制同时来访办公室的人数,并且仅限办公室内的指定地点

请准时赴约,并在您到达时拨打门口的电话号码。如果您迟到超过 15 分钟,我们可能需要重新安排您的预约。

无论疫苗接种状态如何,我们强烈建议 2 岁及以上的客人佩戴口罩。


当您到达时,我们会问您以下 COVID-19 筛查问题。如果您生病或对以下任何问题回答“是”,请联系我们重新安排您的预约

在过去的 10 天内,您是否有以下任何症状?

  • 发烧(等于或高于 100.4°F)
  • 发冷
  • 咳嗽
  • 呼吸急促/呼吸困难
  • 新的味觉或嗅觉丧失

在过去 10 天内,您是否与已知感染或疑似感染 COVID-19 的人有过接触?


Chúng tôi rất mong chờ được gặp bạn!

Để giữ an toàn cho gia đình bạn và nhân viên của chúng tôi, chúng tôi tuân theo các nguyên tắc của CDC và OSHA, bao gồm:

  • WIC sẽ cung cấp khẩu trang nếu bạn không có
  • Làm sạch các bề mặt tiếp xúc nhiều trước mỗi cuộc hẹn, và
  • Giới hạn số lượng người trong văn phòng cùng một lúc và chỉ ở các địa điểm được chỉ định trong văn phòng

Vui lòng đến đúng giờ hẹn và gọi số điện thoại đặt trước cửa khi bạn đến. Nếu bạn đến muộn hơn 15 phút, chúng tôi có thể sắp xếp lại cuộc hẹn cho bạn

Khẩu trang được khuyến khích sử dụng cho tất cả mọi người từ 2 tuổi trở lên bất kể tình trạng chích ngừa.

Chúng tôi khuyến nghị những trẻ em không cần thiết cho cuộc hẹn nên ở lại với người giám hộ hoặc lựa chọn chăm sóc trẻ em khác.

Chúng tôi sẽ hỏi bạn các câu hỏi kiểm tra COVID-19 sau đây khi bạn đến. Nếu bạn bị ốm hoặc trả lời "có" cho bất kỳ câu hỏi nào sau đây, vui lòng liên hệ với chúng tôi để sắp xếp lại cuộc hẹn.

Bạn có bất kỳ triệu chứng nào sau đây trong 10 ngày qua không?

  • Sốt (ở hoặc trên 100.4 ° F)
  • Ớn lạnh
  • Ho
  • Thở gấp / khó thở
  • Mất vị giác hoặc mùi mới

Bạn có tiếp xúc với một người được biết là bị nhiễm hoặc nghi ngờ nhiễm COVID-19 trong 10 ngày qua không?

Bạn có đang khuyết khích phải tuân theo lệnh cách ly hoặc cách ly không?

California WIC Formula Changes

As of August 1, 2022, California WIC has changed to Similac brand milk-based formulas. Soy formula Enfamil ProSobee will stay the same. Use your WIC App to see your food benefits and check the brand when you shop. The brand, type, size, and number of cans to buy is in your WIC Food Balance.

There are additional options for California WIC families who cannot find formula during the infant formula shortage.

Similac Formulas Offered by California WIC Starting August 1, 2022:

Similac Advance
Similac Sensitive

WIC does not require a prescription for these formulas.

If you currently have benefits for Enfamil formula, continue to use your current Enfamil formula benefits until they expire. Your next benefits will include Similac products.

Use your WIC App to see your food benefits and check the formula brand when you shop. Buy the brand, type, size, and number of cans listed in your WIC Food Balance.

Finding Formula

Find stores that accept WIC, and call the store before shopping to ask if the formula you’re looking for is available.

If you have issues finding Enfamil products, try shopping at large chain grocery stores to find a wider variety of brands and sizes. For more tips, visit Finding Infant Formula.

Which California WIC Formulas are Not Changing?

Infants receiving soy-based formula with their WIC benefits will continue to receive Enfamil ProSobee. WIC will also continue to provide formulas for medical conditions by prescription when needed. These therapeutic formulas include Enfamil Nutramigen, Enfamil NeuroPro Enfacare, Similac Alimentum, Similac Neosure, and Pediasure.

Other Frequently Asked Questions About the California Formula Change

Most babies easily transition from one brand of formula to another without noticing a difference. All major brand name formulas contain similar ingredients and provide adequate nutrition for babies.

If you think your baby is having a difficult time changing to a new formula, talk to your WIC staff or baby's health care provider.

Remember to always follow mixing instructions on the formula can or as directed by your baby's doctor to safely prepare a bottle for your baby.

All standard formulas for healthy babies are required to meet strict nutritional and quality guidelines put in place by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Similac and Enfamil products contain similar ingredients and most infants can tolerate both brands without any issues.

Always follow proper mixing instructions on the formula can label or as directed by your baby's healthcare provider.

Yes. The amount of formula WIC provides will not change. Check the brand, type, and number of cans included in your WIC Food Balance.

WIC empowers parents to make the best infant feeding decisions for their families. Birthing parents are encouraged to breastfeed or chestfeed infants up to age one and beyond as mutually desired. In addition, breastfeeding and chestfeeding families receive extra support. These additional support WIC services include more foods to meet the lactating parent’s increased nutritional needs, individualized lactation education, and breast pumps when needed.

For breastfeeding and chestfeeding questions and concerns, call the Infant Feeding Helpline at (888) 278-6455, Monday-Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, or text 91997 to connect with a lactation expert.

The United States Department of Agriculture requires each State WIC program to go through a bidding process with formula suppliers. This bidding process reduces costs and ensures California can provide formula to all eligible WIC families. The California Department of Public Health has awarded the contract starting August 1, 2022 for cow’s milk-based formulas to Abbott and the soy-based formula to Mead Johnson.

Recall: Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a nationwide voluntary recall of Natierra Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberry due to the presence or potential presence of lead above the FDA recommended limits. The issue is isolated to two batches of Natierra Freeze-Dried Blueberries with the following codes and Best By Dates:

  1. Lot 2021363-1
    Best By Date: 12/2024
    1 serving, 1.2 oz (34g)
    UPC 812907011160
  2. Lot 2022026-1
    Best By Date: 01/2025
    1 serving, 1.2oz (34g)
    UPC 812907011160

Product Image and UPC Location

For further questions or concerns, please text us at 91997 to speak with a WIC counselor.

What To Do if Your WIC Card is Not Working

Some WIC families are reporting problems shopping with their WIC cards. These problems are related to card errors at a store checkout and zero food balances in the CA WIC App.

If your WIC card is working, continue to shop for your WIC foods as you normally would.

If you have recently experienced difficulties shopping for your WIC benefits, we are sorry for the inconvenience.

What Should I Do If I See a ‘Card Error’ Message?

Call Shopper Support, Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, at 1-800-852-5770 to make a report as soon as possible. You will need the following information to make a report:

  • Your WIC card number
  • The store location
  • Approximate day and time of store visit
  • Details of what happened

Why Is My Food Balance Zero? I had benefits yesterday.

If you are within your current benefit period, and you had benefits earlier this month but your food balance is now zero and you did not go shopping, this is an error in the system. Please text 91997 for assistance.

WIC has video appointments!

The American Rescue Plan is investing in ways to modernize WIC by expanding WIC remote services to include video appointments on the doxy.me platform.

Doxy.me is a simple and secure video platform for your WIC appointment.

Individual video appointments on Doxy allow you to engage in face-to-face dialogue with your WIC counselors, from the comfort of your home or on the go. And, no downloads are necessary!

PHFE WIC Peer Counselors and Lactation Consultants have been leading the way with video appointments. We cannot wait to connect with all of our WIC families in this way!

You will need:

  • A device that can connect to the internet, such as a smart phone, tablet, or computer with a camera and microphone
  • A good internet connection
  • An internet browser: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari

How WIC Video Appointments Work

We will send you a text before your appointment with a link and information to join.
1. Click the link or copy and paste it into your internet browser.
2. When you see the WIC office call page, enter your name and click ‘Check In’
3. Click the purple button to use the camera and microphone on your device. You are in the waiting room. A WIC counselor will be with you soon to start the call!

Requesting a WIC video appointment is easy! Text 91997 to schedule your appointment.

The State of WIC 2022

The State of WIC 2022 report summarizes WIC’s positive public health contributions across the nation in the past year and provides the framework to build upon the program’s longstanding success.

Report highlights

  • WIC services and foods have supported positive birth outcomes and child development that have resulted in millions of health care cost savings.
  • WIC adapted in 2021 to address the increased health needs of the nation by reducing barriers to WIC services with innovative solutions.
  • WIC aims to accelerate ongoing modernization efforts to provide accessible shopping experiences to WIC families.
  • Increased fruit and vegetable benefits improved 4.7 million WIC participants’ access to nutritious produce, provided an estimated economic contribution of $2.62 to $2.81 billion, and supported upwards of 25,000 food supply chain jobs.

WIC’s noteworthy accomplishments stretch far beyond WIC families to the community at large. Read the full State of WIC 2022 report to learn more about how WIC will continue to help build a healthier nation.

Learn more about WIC’s impact:

WIC Partners with Hospital to Increase Access to Breast Pumps

WIC Pump Closet, a partnership between PHFE WIC and Emanate Hospital, provides free electric breast pump loans to WIC participants.

Naira Gavurmadzhyan, RDN, IBCLC, and Wendy Fung, RDN, IBCLC with the Emanate health team
Emanate Hospital Breast Pump Closet, West Covina

PHFE WIC Regional Breastfeeding Liaisons, Wendy Fung, MS, RDN, IBCLC and Naira Gavurmadzhyan, RDN, IBCLC launched PHFE WIC’s first Pump Closet in partnership with Emanate Hospital in West Covina. Throughout the pandemic, there has been an increased need for more accessible breast pumps for parents of newborns. This project increases health equity by making breastfeeding support more readily available to WIC participants as they are discharged from the hospital after giving birth.

What is the WIC Pump Closet?

This project provides WIC participants with a hospital-grade electric pump when they are discharged after having their baby. By immediately providing participants with a pump, WIC aims to protect the birthing parent’s milk supply in the time before they can get individualized breastfeeding or chestfeeding support from a lactation consultant.

What hospitals are participating?

Emanate Hospital is the debut location for the Pump Closet Project. It was selected because it is within the PHFE WIC service area and serves a high caseload of WIC-enrolled and WIC-eligible patients. It has five Symphony pumps at this time and WIC staff will work to keep the closet stocked.

How can I get a WIC Pump Closet at my hospital?

Please contact Wendy Fung (WenF@phfewic.org) and Naira Gavurmadzhyan (NairaG@phfewic.org) to add a WIC Pump Closet to your hospital. They look forward to expanding this project to more hospitals in the Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.

What kind of breastfeeding help does WIC offer?

WIC provides breastfeeding and chestfeeding education, free lactation consultations, monthly virtual support groups, and an infant feeding helpline. All WIC services, including breastfeeding and chestfeeding assistance, are free to anyone who is signed up for the WIC program.

Can I get a free breast pump from WIC?

WIC loans medical-grade electric breast pumps to WIC parents who are breastfeeding and chestfeeding. To request a free electric pump, send a text to 91997 or contact your WIC office directly.


More about Breastfeeding and Chestfeeding Support
How to Clean Your Breast Pump Kit

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine During Pregnancy

Immunizations help protect you, your loved ones, and everyone around you from serious illness and even death. WIC encourages all infants, children, and adults to follow the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) vaccination recommendations to help keep all families healthy.

In addition to routine immunizations for pregnant and postpartum people, WIC recommends following the CDC’s advice for the COVID-19 vaccine before, during, and after pregnancy.

The CDC and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all individuals get vaccinated for COVID-19 who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Trying to get pregnant, or may become pregnant
  • Recently postpartum
  • Breastfeeding or chestfeeding

Pregnant and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 and may be at risk for preterm birth. The COVID-19 vaccine can help protect you and your baby. It has been found to prevent COVID-19 infection, severe illness, and death. Growing evidence about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine shows that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any known or potential risks of vaccination during pregnancy.

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

How to Get Vaccinated:

Visit VaccinateLACounty.com and click on “How to Get Vaccinated” to find a location near you.

No appointment is needed at many locations. Vaccines are free and you don’t need insurance. You will not be asked about your immigration status.

You can also call the Vaccine Call Center at 833-540-0473. The call center is open daily from 8:00 am to 8:30 pm and can help you:

  • Find a vaccination location in your neighborhood
  • Arrange transportation to and from a vaccination site
  • Request vaccination at home if you are homebound
  • For more COVID-19 vaccine resources from the LA County Department of Public Health, download this guide: COVID_8.25.21 (lacounty.gov)

    Lost WIC Card? We can help!

    We care about your experience shopping for food with your WIC benefits. If you need to replace a lost WIC card, or your WIC card isn’t working, we are here to help! Learn how to get a WIC card replacement, report an issue with a grocery store, and learn more solutions to common problems with spending WIC benefits.

    Solutions to Commonly Reported WIC Shopping Issues

    My WIC card is not swiping at checkout

    WIC card

    If your WIC card did not work at the grocery store, there are a few reasons why this could happen. Before you use your WIC card the first time, set up your PIN by calling 1-844-469-3264. Make sure it’s something you can remember. You’ll use this PIN every time you use your WIC card.

    When checking out at the store, if a PIN is entered incorrectly three times, the card will lock. It will automatically unlock at midnight. If you forgot your PIN, call 1-844-469-3264 to reset it.

    It is also important that the cashier knows that you plan to use your WIC card. Tell the cashier right away that you will be using your WIC card, and put your WIC foods down before any other foods. If your card has problems swiping, this may mean that the card has become demagnetized. Contact us for a replacement, and we will mail you a new card.

    The cashier said my foods were not WIC-approved

    Use the WIC Food Scan button in your WIC App to verify that a food is WIC-approved and available with your benefits. If it is, ask to speak to the grocery store manager. The grocery store may need to update its database with that food.

    If the manager is unable to resolve the issue, please call Shopper Support at 1-800-852-5770 to make a report. Have the following information ready:

    • The store location
    • The approximate day and time of visit
    • Product description (brand and size)
    • Any other details ready.

    If you are reporting a food that was in stock but you were unable to purchase it with your WIC benefits, please take a picture of the label, ingredients, and barcode.

    I lost or misplaced my WIC Card

    We are happy to replace your WIC card for any reason. If your card was lost, stolen, or misplaced, let us know right away so we can freeze your account and prevent anyone else from spending your benefits. Requesting a new card is easy. Fill out the WIC Card Replacement Form and we will let you know when a new card is on the way.

    I forgot to buy my WIC foods before the last day

    Check the California WIC app for your benefit start and end dates.

    I can’t make it to the store before my benefits expire

    At this time, online grocery shopping and delivery apps do not accept the WIC card as payment. However, you can give your WIC card to a trusted family member to shop for your WIC foods for you.

    I’m going out of town

    Grocery stores all over California accept the WIC card, so you can use it when you travel anywhere else in the state! Check the California WIC app for other WIC grocers near you. Many WIC items are shelf-stable. Stock up during times you may not need them so you will have them on hand when you do need them.

    The grocery store did not have WIC foods

    Many grocery stores accept the WIC card. Check the California WIC app to see all the places you can shop with WIC benefits. If a grocery store that accepts the WIC card is out of stock of an approved food item, please contact us with the grocery store name, address, and food item you wanted to purchase, so our WIC vendor liaisons can investigate.

    Additional Resources

    Weekend WIC Appointments by Phone

    Many working families qualify for WIC. We offer weekend appointments by phone a few times per month to accommodate WIC families’ busy schedules.

    Need to schedule a weekend WIC appointment? Text the keyword for the day you would like to schedule an appointment to 91997. A WIC counselor will call you for your phone appointment between 8:30 am – 1:00 pm on your appointment day.

    Weekend Appointments Available This Month

    Saturday, Jan 28APPT28

    Example: If you would like to be called on August 21st, text APPT21 to 91997.

    Questions? Text 91997!

    Everyone Benefits from WIC CVB Increase

    WIC is a USDA-funded program that provides healthy foods to low-income pregnant and postpartum people, infants, and children up to age 5. WIC reaches nearly half of all infants born in the U.S. The WIC foods are loaded electronically onto a WIC benefits card with monthly amounts allocated for each food. Fruit and vegetable amounts are issued as a “Cash Value Benefit” (CVB) that can be used to buy any variety of fruit or vegetable.

    In June 2021, the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act increased the WIC CVB amounts for all adults and children receiving WIC from $9 and $11 to $35 for four months. Congress extended the increased amounts at $24 for children and $43 or $47 for adults, depending on breastfeeding or chestfeeding status, through March 31, 2022.

    A study of over 1600 WIC families in Southern California showed that it is essential to the health of WIC families and communities all around to keep this increase in place. Nearly all participants found the prior amount of $9 for children to not be enough. However, more than three-quarters of the participants reported that the increased amount of $35 is ‘just right.’

    (NPI & PHFE WIC, 2021)

    PHFE WIC is the largest Local Agency WIC program in the country, serving over 180,000 participants. Families served by PHFE WIC spent $10.6M more on fruits and vegetables with their increased CVB amounts from June to September 2021 compared to the same period of months in 2020.

    (NPI & PHFE WIC, 2021)

    This translates to an increase of over $50M across the state of California in WIC purchases of fruit and vegetables during the four months. This increased spending creates a domino effect of benefits that goes beyond just WIC families. Not only does it benefit WIC families and their communities, but also the communities where produce is grown and sold.

    The increased amounts of fruit and vegetables help WIC families and benefit every low-income community in each state across the entire country. Congress must act to continue this increase beyond March 2022.

    Adapted from Nutrition Policy Institute & PHFE WIC (2021). More Veggies and Fruit for WIC families is a WIC for California and the Nation. LA WIC Data. https://lawicdata.org/2021/12/more-veggies-and-fruits-for-wic-families-is-a-win-for-california-and-the-nation/.

    Renewing Your WIC Account

    Once per year, you will have a recertification appointment to renew your child’s WIC eligibility.

    During your appointment, we will:

    • Confirm your family income, or child’s Medi-Cal status
    • Talk about your child’s growth and nutrition
    • Connect you with other community resources
    • Load more food benefits onto your WIC card

    WIC counselors are here to educate and empower you to build a healthy future for your family. We encourage you to ask questions and bring up any challenges you are facing. We will do our best to help, or connect you with someone who can.

    If you need to replace your WIC card, let your WIC counselor know. We are happy to replace it.

    To reassess eligibility, please provide your family's proof of income. If your appointment is by phone, you will be texted a link to upload photos of your items on your appointment day.


    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Paystub or statement from the last 30 days
    • Disability pay
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Social Security benefits
    • Other

    If you do not have an income or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.

    If your child has a doctor's appointment coming up, please ask the doctor to fill out this form with your child's height, weight, and iron results to update our growth charts. If this information is not available, please keep your WIC appointment.

    If your appointment is in person, bring your child and we will measure them at the WIC office.

    PHFE WIC appointments are currently in person at a WIC office, or by phone or video.


    在您的WIC预约, 我们将会:

    • 确认您的家庭收入或孩子的医疗白卡的是否生效
    • 谈谈您孩子的成长和营养相关资讯
    • 提供其他社区资源
    • 在您的 WIC 卡上加载更多食品福利

    WIC 工作人员会提供资讯来帮助您建立一个健康的家庭。 我们鼓励您提出问题或提出您面临的任何挑战。我们将尽最大努力帮助您,或转介您到其他社区资源。

    若您需要补办新的 WIC 卡,请告知您的 WIC 工作人员。我们很乐意帮您补办。

    我们需要您提供您家庭的收入证明来审核资格。 如果您的预约是一个电话预约,您将会收到一个链接,用于在预约当天上传您资料的照片。


    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 过去 30 天的工资明细或薪资条
    • 伤残补助明细
    • 失业救济金明细
    • 社会保障福利明细
    • 其他收入证明

    如果您沒有收入或 没有医疗白卡,請在預約時告诉我们的WIC工作人员。

    如果您的孩子近期将会去看医生,请让医生在此表格中填写您孩子的身高、体重和验血/贫血的报告,以更新孩子的生长图表。即使您没有这些资料,您还是可以继续完成您的 WIC 预约。

    如果您的预约是要到我们的办事处完成的面对面预约,请带上您的小朋友,我们将会在 WIC 办公室为他们测量。

    Mỗi năm một lần, bạn sẽ có một cuộc hẹn tái chứng nhận để gia hạn điều kiện nhận WIC của con bạn.

    Trong cuộc hẹn của bạn, chúng tôi sẽ:

    • Xác nhận thu nhập gia đình của bạn, hoặc tình trạng Medi-Cal của con bạn
    • Nói về sự phát triển và dinh dưỡng của con bạn
    • Kết nối bạn với các tài liệu thông tin với cộng đồng khác
    • Nạp thêm phúc lợi thực phẩm vào thẻ WIC của bạn

    Nhân viên WIC tư vấn cho bạn một nền tảng tương lai lành mạnh cho gia đình bạn. Chúng tôi khuyến khích bạn đặt câu hỏi và đưa ra bất kỳ thắc mắc nào bạn đang gặp phải. Chúng tôi sẽ cố gắng hết sức để trợ giúp hoặc kết nối bạn với một người nào đó có thể.

    Nếu bạn cần thay thế thẻ WIC của mình, hãy cho nhân viên tư vấn WIC của bạn biết. Chúng tôi rất vui khi thay thế nó.

    Để đánh giá lại điều kiện nhận WIC , vui lòng cung cấp bằng chứng thu nhập của gia đình bạn. Nếu cuộc hẹn của bạn qua điện thoại, bạn sẽ nhận được một đường dẫn để tải lên hình ảnh giấy tờ của bạn trong ngày hẹn của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Cùi check hoặc lương thu nhập trước thuế trong vòng 30 ngày gần đây
    • Lương trợ cấp cho người khuyết tật
    • Trợ cấp cho người thất nghiệp
    • Trợ cấp An sinh Xã hội
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Nếu bạn không có thu nhập hoặc Medi-Cal, hãy nói với nhân viên WIC tại cuộc hẹn của bạn.

    Nếu con bạn sắp tới có cuộc hẹn với bác sĩ, vui lòng yêu cầu bác sĩ điền vào mẫu đơn này với kết quả chiều cao, cân nặng và sắt của con bạn để cập nhật biểu đồ tăng trưởng. Nếu bạn chưa có thông tin này, xin vẫn giữ cuộc hẹn của bạn với WIC.

    Nếu bạn có hẹn ở văn phòng WIC, vui lòng mang bé theo chúng tôi sẽ cân và đo bé tại văn phòng WIC.

    WIC Families Received $644,000 of Produce this Farmers’ Market Season!

    The 2021 WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will come to a close on November 30th after another successful year! Congress began this program in 1992 with funding from the United States Department of Agriculture to bring more fresh fruits and vegetables to WIC families while familiarizing them with farmers’ markets and directly supporting the local community. 

    This summer PHFE WIC distributed farmers’ market checks (vouchers) each worth $28 to 23,000 families for a total of $644,000 worth of fruits and vegetables!

    WIC Families: Spend your checks before November 30th

    To find farmers’ markets that accept the WIC vouchers, visit FMFinder.org and search for markets that accept WIC & Senior FMNP, or use California WIC’s Farmers’ Market search tool here.

    Farmers’ Market vouchers will expire on November 30, 2021.

    Thank you to all of our community partners for spreading the word, and to farmers’ market managers, staff, and vendors for their support and commitment to the program.

    The Farmers’ Market program is for a limited time only each year! The next WIC FMNP season starts summer 2022. To make sure you don’t miss out on your free farmers’ market produce next summer, sign up for WIC text messages (send a text to 91997) and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

    Visit fmfinder.org or m.wic.ca.gov to find a farmers’ market near you that accepts “WIC & Senior FMNP”.

    Your First WIC Appointment

    Welcome to WIC! If you are new to WIC or re-enrolling after two years, please watch this video.

    What should I expect at my first WIC appointment?
    • An eligibility assessment
    • A review of the WIC program
    • A nutrition assessment for each family member that is enrolling

    If you qualify for WIC benefits, you will receive a WIC card that you can use to buy food each month.

    You will be asked to show the following items. If your appointment is by phone, you will be texted a link to upload photos of your items on your appointment day.


    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Paystub or statement from the last 30 days
    • Disability pay
    • Unemployment benefits
    • Social Security benefits
    • Other

    If you do not have an income or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.


    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Any mail
    • Any bill
    • Driver's license or ID
    • Bank statement
    • Car registration/insurance
    • Other

    If you do not have proof of residency or Medi-Cal, tell your WIC counselor at your appointment.


    • Active Medi-Cal numbers
    • Health insurance card
    • Birth certificate
    • Newborn crib card
    • Driver's license or ID
    • Car registration
    • Medical records
    • Immunization card
    • Foster child letter/placement
    • Other

    This is required only if you are pregnant. It must include your first and last name.


    • Positive pregnancy note from doctor
    • Ultrasound picture
    • Prenatal vitamin prescription
    • Other

    PHFE WIC appointments are currently in person at a WIC office or by phone or video.

    欢迎来到 WIC!如果您是新加入 WIC 或在 2 年后重新注册,请观看此视频。 如需中文字幕, 请至影片设定区开启。

    第一次 的WIC 预约我应该预期什么?

    • 参加资格评估
    • WIC 计划的详细介绍
    • 对每个申请WIC的家庭成员进行营养咨询

    如果您有资格领取WIC 福利,您将收到一张 WIC 卡,您每个月可以使用WIC卡来购买 WIC 食品。



    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 过去 30 天的工资明细或薪资条
    • 伤残补助明细
    • 失业救济金明细
    • 社会保障福利明细
    • 其他收入证明

    如果您沒有收入或 没有医疗白卡,請在預約時告诉我们的WIC工作人员。


    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 任何邮件
    • 任何账单
    • 驾照或身份证
    • 银行对帐单
    • 汽车登记/保险
    • 其他地址证明

    如果您沒有地址證明或 没有医疗白卡,請在預約時告訴我们的WIC工作人员。


    • 有效的医疗白卡卡号
    • 医疗保险卡
    • 新生儿的医院床卡
    • 汽车牌照
    • 出生证明
    • 驾照或身份证
    • 病历
    • 疫苗卡
    • 寄养子女相关信件
    • 其他

    如果您是一位孕妇, 以下是您可以提供的怀孕证明。它必须包含您的全名。


    • 医生提供的阳性怀孕证明
    • B超照
    • 孕期维他命处方签
    • 其他

    Chào mừng bạn tới WIC! Nếu bạn vừa mới tham gia WIC hoặc đăng ký lại sau hai năm, xin vui lòng xem video sau đây. Nếu bạn cần phụ đề tiếng Việt, vui lòng vào phần cài đặt video.

    Tôi nên kỳ vọng gì ở cuộc hẹn đầu tiên với WIC?

    • Những câu hỏi về điều kiện tham gia WIC
    • Tìm hiểu về chương trình WIC
    • Những câu hỏi về dinh dưỡng cho các thành viên đăng ký cho WIC

    Nếu bạn hội đủ điều kiện nhận phúc lợi WIC, bạn sẽ nhận được thẻ WIC để mua thực phẩm WIC mỗi tháng.

    Bạn sẽ được yêu cầu chuẩn bị những thông tin sau đây. Nếu cuộc hẹn của bạn qua điện thoại. WIC sẽ nhắn cho bạn đường dẫn để gửi thông tin vào ngày hẹn của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Cùi check hoặc lương thu nhập trước thuế trong vòng 30 ngày gần đây
    • Lương trợ cấp cho người khuyết tật
    • Trợ cấp cho người thất nghiệp
    • Trợ cấp An sinh Xã hội
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Nếu bạn không có thu nhập hoặc Medi-Cal, hãy nói với nhân viên WIC tại cuộc hẹn của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Bất kỳ thư từ nào
    • Đơn thanh toán
    • Bằng lái xe hoặc thẻ ID
    • Giấy đăng ký xe / bảo hiểm xe
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Nếu bạn không có bằng chứng về cư trú hoặc Medi-Cal, hãy nói với nhân viên WIC tại cuộc hẹn của bạn

    Ví dụ:

    • Số Medi-Cal còn hiệu lực
    • Thẻ bảo hiểm y tế
    • Giấy khai sinh
    • Giấy phép lái xe hoặc thẻ ID
    • Hồ sơ bệnh án
    • Thẻ tiêm chủng
    • Giấy đăng ký xe
    • hẻ thông tin có chiều cao và cân nặng của bé
    • Thư chứng minh người giám hộ nuôi dưỡng
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Bạn chỉ cần trình ra thông tin này nếu bạn đang mang thai. Thông tin bạn đưa ra phải có tên và họ của bạn.

    Ví dụ:

    • Giấy chứng nhận mang thai từ bác sĩ
    • Hình siêu âm
    • oa thuốc Vitamin cho phụ nữ mang thai
    • Những bằng chứng khác

    Help #ExtendTheWICBump

    11/2/2021 – There have been updates to this post.

    WIC families are happier and healthier than ever, thanks to the summer fruit and vegetable cash benefit increase.

    WIC participants have shared that this increase has allowed them to purchase healthy foods despite increasing produce prices, and provide consistently healthy meals with more variety.

    Read what WIC families are saying about how this increase has benefited them, and why they would like it to continue.

    See this fact sheet from the National WIC Association for additional information on the push for the WIC benefit bump extension.

    A message to WIC participants & community partners

    We need your help! In addition to spending all of your fruit and vegetable benefit this month, please share how the increase has benefited your family or families in your community to emphasize to Congress (Appropriators in the House and Senate) how impactful this increase is before September 30th.

    Post a photo or short video to Instagram or Twitter using #ExtendTheWICBump to show Congress your support for making this increase permanent. Be sure to tag @NatWICAssoc and the congresspeople listed below!

    On Twitter tag: @SenatorLeahy, @SenShelby, @SenatorBaldwin, @JohnBoozman, @rosadelauro, @RepKayGranger, @SanfordBishop, @chelliepingree

    On Instagram tag: @senatorleahy, @senatorshelby, @senatorbaldwin, @johnboozman, @reprosadelauro, @repkaygranger, @chelliepingree

    Happy Anniversary to WIC Online Breastfeeding Support Groups

    One year ago, WIC’s monthly breastfeeding support groups transitioned to an online platform to keep WIC participants safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. These meetings help parents navigate the challenges and successes of breastfeeding, and have been invaluable to families who have not been able to have hands-on support during this trying time.

    Online breastfeeding support groups have been successful in six different languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, and Armenian. They help families across all of these languages ease into parenthood and breastfeeding by holding space for parents to ask questions and share their experiences. Parents learn from one another through their own stories, while they lean on International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) and WIC nutritionists for additional guidance.

    Parents have shared that online support groups are easier to attend because they do not have to travel, and they have been particularly beneficial throughout this last year while home visitations were difficult.

    The support group helped me learn how to position my baby at the breast to latch so I could still learn to breastfeed even when no one could give me one-on-one help because of COVID.

    Danielle, PHFE WIC Participant

    Are you pregnant or breastfeeding? Click here to learn how to join a group!

    Thank you breastfeeding support group WIC staff for hosting these online support groups, and for continuously providing the best care to WIC families!

    National WIC Association Conference 2021

    The National WIC Association (NWA) held its annual conference virtually on June 15-17th, 2021. This conference aimed to engage with its 1,500+ attendees, connect on WIC-related topics, and inspire attendees to strengthen their communities. The conference incorporated diversity and inclusion throughout the sessions and emphasized equitable access to nutritious foods and breastfeeding support to all WIC families.

    PHFE WIC directors attended the conference to expand their professional skills and knowledge base about nutrition, breastfeeding, leadership, and much more to help PHFE WIC better serve its families.

    Read about the PHFE WIC directors’ conference highlights and memorable quotes below!

    Big highlight for me is that staff from USDA shared that the 2017 WIC Food Package recommendations have now started through the regulatory process, hooray! We can expect to see proposed changes posted in the Federal Register by the end of 2021 so that all of us can make our public comments so let’s get ready to do that!  While this does not mean we’ll have a revised food package this year, it’s wonderful to hear we are now on the road to changes ahead and increased choices for our WIC participants.

    Highlight from Shannon Whaley, PhD, Deputy Director of Research and Evaluation

    I really enjoyed attending the 2021 NWA Conference!  I especially loved the session called “FNS Tools and Resources,” and I was happy to hear that the new USDA BF Curricula training is ready and should be coming out to Local Agencies soon!  This new platform with the tiered learning levels will give us new tools to train staff on breastfeeding in creative and fun ways!

    Highlight from Cindy Clapp, MS, RDN, IBCLC, Deputy Director of Breastfeeding Services

    What do leaders look like?  You cannot find a leader by their title or even the letters by their name; you find a leader among their team because they live the mission.  Leaders see the value in setting and reaching goals but also understand there is no win unless every team member crosses the finish line.

    Memorable quote by Margaret Page Saunders, MS, RDN, LDN at CEDA WIC Program shared by Anne Kennedy, MS, RDN, CLE, Deputy Director of Client Services

    More fruits & vegetables for WIC families are here!

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed by President Biden in March 2021 in response to COVID-19, allocated $490 million in additional funds to enhance WIC benefits for four months. These funds are going directly to WIC families in the form of increased fruit and vegetable benefits from June through September 2021.

    Every WIC participant 12 months and older is getting $35 each month for fruit and vegetables June through September. Current WIC participants who have received June benefits can see the added dollar amount on their WIC Food Balance now!

    During these four months, a family with a pregnant parent and two children receives $105 monthly for fruits and vegetables in addition to all their other WIC foods.

    WIC families can use their increased fruit and vegetable benefit to buy dried, canned, frozen, and fresh fruits and vegetables that meet the WIC authorized requirements found on the Shopping Guide.

    For new or returning WIC participants, signing up is easy! Text APPLY to 91997 or visit phfewic.org/apply.

    A message to WIC participants

    Spend your WIC benefits every month to help us help you! Using all of your benefits each month not only nourishes your family, but also helps us advocate to make this temporary summer benefit increase permanent for all WIC families.

    Use the CA WIC App to check for WIC authorized food items, or check out the the WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide! WIC participants can log into their WIC App to view all current and future available food benefits on the Food Balance page. Not sure if an item is covered by WIC? Participants can use the WIC Food Scan feature to check items anytime.

    Monthly WIC food benefits are good for 30 days and benefit expiration dates can be found on the CA WIC App Food Balance page or by calling 1-844-469-3264.

    Questions? Text us at 91997!

    New report urges USDA to Increase WIC Benefits Permanently!

    On June 11, the National WIC Association (NWA) published a report entitled, The WIC Food Package: Impacts and Recommendations to Advance Nutrition Security. The report provides the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) with NWA’s recommendations for an enhanced WIC food package. USDA plans to reevaluate WIC’s food packages in the fiscal year 2022.

    Highlights of NWA’s Recommendations

    • Increase the Cash Value Benefit (CVB) across all child and adult food packages.
    • Allow substitutions of non-dairy alternatives that meet nutrient requirements.
    • Allow Substitutions for allergies, sensitivities, vegetarian and vegan diets.

    Click here to see the full report.

    Rev. Douglas Greenaway, President & CEO of the National WIC Association (NWA), issued the following statement:

    “The WIC food package is the carrot that brings moms, their babies, and young children to WIC. There, they find nutrition professionals who deliver invaluable nutrition supports and connect them to crucial health care and social services. Together, these supports save America and American taxpayers valuable healthcare dollars to the tune of $2.48 for every dollar invested in WIC. Where else can you get that kind of a return? But the carrot is no longer enough. To make the juice worth the squeeze, families need a whole basket of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, eggs, and other healthy foods. Now is the time to make meaningful investment in the best hook to get more moms and their families into WIC – doubling the value of the WIC food package.

    President Biden’s fiscal year 2022 federal budget doubles down on the Administration’s ongoing commitment to building nutrition security, starting with the nutrition needs of the pregnant and postpartum women, babies, and young children served by WIC. The American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary expansion of the value of the WIC food benefit has brought historic investment in access to healthy foods for WIC families this summer, and NWA wholeheartedly supports the White House’s proposed extension of this increase through fiscal year 2022. Still, the bumped up fruit and vegetable benefit needs to continue long after the shadow of COVID-19 is gone. Enhancing WIC access and benefits are the most straightforward steps to building stronger nutrition security for millions of families. “With increased investment, NWA is confident that doubling WIC’s food benefit will bring more families closer to the nutrient recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans – a critical step to further reduce rates of childhood obesity, bring down healthcare costs, and set up our children for future life success. This report and its recommendations point policymakers toward real solutions to expanding the value of the food package, ensuring that WIC families get real value for their efforts, and that America gets the full bang for investing in WIC families.”

    Register Here: Live WIC Webinar on June 15!

    Big things are happening at WIC! Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, every WIC participant 12 months and older will get $35 each month for fruits and vegetables from June through September 2021.

    Join us to learn how your actions can support this temporary benefit increase to become a permanent healthy. We look forward to answering all of your question about WIC and the temporary benefit increase.

    Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00am PDT

    Click here to register for this free live webinar

    Congratulations Lactation Consultant Interns Class of 2021!

    Congratulations to the inaugural class of PHFE WIC IBCLC internship graduates! Internship graduates are PHFE WIC staff who have shown a passion for helping parents breastfeed successfully.

    For the past 13 months, 5 interns completed the UCSD lactation course over 2 quarters, completed supervised practice hours, trainings, and mentoring with WIC lactation consultants. Graduates are now eligible to sit for the exam to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants.

    We are so proud of this next generation of future IBCLCs and we know that this investment in our staff will pay dividends as they empower and support the parents in our community with their breastfeeding expertise.

    Read what each of the interns had to share about their internship experience below.

    The Future of WIC’s IBCLC Internship

    The next cohort of 4 IBCLC interns began their internship in April 2021. The internship is anticipated to continue yearly to support the education and professionalization of our staff.

    Vaccinations for a Healthy Family

    WIC encourages families to stay up to date on vaccinations. We check in regularly with WIC families about their child’s immunization status, provide resources from credible sources, and empower parents to talk to their doctors.

    WIC follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) vaccine recommendations for all populations that it serves. Learn more here about recommended vaccines per age group for children.

    The CDC’s easy-to-read vaccine chart can help you learn what vaccines are recommended for each age and why each are important for keeping your child healthy.

    Have questions about your child’s immunizations? Talk to your child’s pediatrician. Scheduling and attending well-child appointments at the recommended times can ensure your child’s immunizations stay up to date.

    Planning to have a baby soon? Check out the CDC’s recommendations about vaccines before, during and after pregnancy.

    Thinking about getting the COVID-19 vaccine? WIC recommends following the CDC’s advice that states all pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19. WIC encourages you to talk to your doctor about getting the COVID-19 vaccine, although a discussion with your healthcare provider is not required to get vaccinated.

    Find free or low-cost immunizations near you!
    Immunizations – Free & Low Cost (LA County)
    Immunizations – Free & Low Cost (Orange County)
    Immunizations – Low Cost (San Bernardino County)

    California WIC Association Conference 2021

    Our greatest asset is our staff. They provide our WIC families with high quality nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, referrals, and food benefits each and every day. This year, for the second time, all PHFE WIC staff attended the California WIC Association (CWA) virtual conference to further enhance their skills and knowledge.

    The CWA virtual conference, Resilience: Supporting and Strengthening California Families, was held May 3rd through May 7th, 2021. It was full of insightful and applicable information delivered by incredible speakers.

    Staff learned about topics including:

    • Health equity
    • Lasting habits
    • The safe introduction of meat to babies
    • The connection of culture, trauma, and breastfeeding
    • Leadership and emotional resiliency
    • Perinatal mental health
    • And more!

    We are excited to continue to connect with families remotely and apply the knowledge that we gained at the conference to better support and strengthen all WIC families!

    Read about staff’s favorite parts of the conference:

    “It was a great pleasure to attend CWA’s virtual conference this year!  There couldn’t be a more perfect word than “Resilience” for this year’s theme given the events that have taken place over the last year.  I learned so much that could be applied not only to my career as a WIC Nutritionist, but also in my own personal life.  From learning about leadership and emotional resiliency to learning about how culture, trauma and breastfeeding are connected; CWA covered a wide range of topics and the speakers did a fantastic job at presenting these topics with obvious passion and keeping their virtual audience engaged.” – Fabiola Anguiano (WIC Nutritionist)

    Black Maternal Health Week

    In Honor of Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17th), join us as we celebrate the joy of Black motherhood. We will let our voices be heard; HEAR Us. We gather to demand quality care to keep our families healthy and thriving. Since 2015, CinnaMoms has been dedicated to creating spaces where breastfeeding is welcomed, improving maternal and infant health outcomes, and mental health awareness amongst our Black families at PHFE WIC. 

    CinnaMoms continues to advocate for Black families in a virtual environment via Zoom, every first and third Thursday of each month. We have Sister Chats to discuss hot topics related to breastfeeding, health, family, parenting and celebrating our Blackness. Other topics discussed are self-care, nutrition, mental health, advocacy, and much more. To celebrate the greatness of our village, we end each support circle with a Dance Party! We do this because #BlackMamasMatter, #BlackBabiesMatter, and #BlackLivesMatter.

    Visit our website www.cinnamoms.org or follow us on social media @cinnamoms_ to check out our upcoming support circles, announcements, and events!

    What the American Rescue Plan means for WIC Families

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, also called the “COVID-19 Stimulus Package”, is a $1.9 trillion economic rescue package to accelerate United States’ recovery from the destructive economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was signed into law by President Joe Biden on March 11, 2021.

    What is in the COVID-19 Stimulus Package?

    • Direct Payments: $1,400 per individual, and an additional $1400 for each dependent claimed on your taxes, $2,800 for joint filers
    • Unemployment: Extends pandemic unemployment programs through September 6th
    • State and Local Funding: Provides $360 billion to help state, local, tribal and territorial governments combat the effects of COVID-19
    • Education: Provides $122.8 billion for grants to states to support local educational agencies in addressing learning loss
    • Child Care: Provides $24 billion for grants for child care providers
    • Child Tax Credit: Increases the maximum credit to $3,600 for children under 6 years old and $3,000 for other children up to 18 years old

    What does this mean for WIC families?

    The rescue plan provides funding for Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which includes enhancing our WIC benefits for four months and additional funding for our outreach, innovation, and program modernization.

    A BIG increase to fruit and vegetable benefit is coming soon! WIC participants currently receive $9-11 for fresh fruits and vegetables per individual. This is expected to temporarily increase to $35 per individual starting in the June 1, 2021, lasting through September 2021.

    Be sure to file your taxes and claim your child tax credits!

    Click here to learn more about the 4 tax credits for parents and resources for tax filing.

    Could my tax refund or my stimulus check disqualify me from the WIC program?

    No! Tax refunds and stimulus checks are not included when your income is assessed for WIC program eligibility. Receiving a stimulus check or tax refunds will not cause you to become disqualified from the WIC program.

    Exciting Changes Coming Soon to WIC

    The funding for the American Rescue Plan will allow us to enhance WIC services to better support our WIC families.

    • Simplified application process
      • Allowing families to screen for eligibility or complete the first phase of certification online.
    • Improved referral networking
      • Funding for local partnerships between WIC clinics and physicians.
      • Federal level partnerships with Medicaid, SNAP, and the Indian Health Service to improve cross-enrollment.
    • Modern shopping experiences
      • Options for online ordering, online payments, and home delivery.
      • Integrated transactions across WIC CVB, WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program, and SNAP benefits.

    Support the WIC Act!

    The Wise Investment in our Children Act (WIC Act) was reintroduced in both the House and the Senate on Thursday, March 18th. It is sponsored by Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Susan Collins (R-ME), and Representatives Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Jennifer González-Colón (R-PR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Kim Schrier (D-WA), and Don Young (R-AK).

    The WIC Act is critical legislation that will allow WIC to further improve maternal and child health outcomes in the United States by increasing the program’s accessibility to women and children. The National WIC Association (NWA) estimates that approximately 600,000 children and nearly one million women could receive extended nutrition support and provide 1.65 million families with administrative relief.

    The WIC Act identifies the following three common-sense steps to strengthen access to the WIC program:

    • Extend child eligibility to age six or the beginning of kindergarten to help ensure there are no nutritional gaps before all children begin school.
    • Extend postpartum eligibility to two years to improve maternal health outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and prevent maternal mortality.

    These steps are necessary to improve the outcomes that are obtained through higher WIC participation and prepare families for future success and healthy development.

    We need national congressional support to pass the WIC Act! Show your support by sharing and retweeting these posts on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #WICAct!

    Use your WIC Farmers Market vouchers by Nov 30!

    The WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) has wrapped up for the Summer of 2020! This year’s successful farmers’ market provided a total of $636,160 worth of fresh local produce to our WIC participants. If you received the $28 farmers’ market vouchers, don’t forget to SPEND THEM at the farmers’ market before November 30, 2020.

    All of PHFE WIC’s farmers market vouchers have been claimed for 2020. If you did not get a chance to participate in the WIC FMNP this year, please know that you can shop at many farmers markets using your WIC card! Search your zip code here to find other farmers’ markets near you. Markets with a red apple accept the WIC card as payment.

    See the list below for farmers’ markets that accept the WIC farmers’ market vouchers.

    Order a WIC Farm Box for Curbside Pickup!

    WIC Farm boxes offer a fast and safe way to spend your $28 Farmers Market vouchers. Each box includes prepackaged produce, and is available for curbside pickup at select Farmers Markets in Los Angeles. Please order up to one week before the farmers market. *Deadline to order from a market will be 8PM the day before the pickup date*

    Click here to order your box.

    Farmers' Market
    Day and Time
    Adams and Vermont
    1432 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007Monday 5pm - 9pm
    East Hollywood 5448 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90027Monday/Thursday 3:30pm - 7:30pm
    Wilmington470 Hawaiian Ave, Wilmington, 90744Tuesday 10am - 2pm
    Culver CityEast of Main St & Culver City, 90232Tuesday 2pm - 7pm
    Santa Ana3rd St & Bush, Santa Ana, 92701Tuesday 3pm - 7pm
    245 El Camino Real, Tustin, 92780Wednesday 9am - 1pm
    Adams & Vermont
    St. Agnes Church, 1432 W Adams Blvd, LA, 90007 Wednesday 2pm - 6pm
    Downtown Anaheim205 W Center St Promenade @ Lemon St, Anaheim, 92805Thursday 11am - 2pm
    La Cienega1835 S La Cienega Blvd @ Plaza La Cienega, LA, 90035Thursday 2pm - 7pm
    Monterey Park1950 Wilcox Ave @ George Elder Park, Monterey Park, 91755Thursday 5pm - 9pm
    Echo Park
    (FINAL DAY Nov 20)
    1146 Logan St @ Sunset Blvd, LA, 90026Friday 3pm - 7:30pm
    Covina444 N Citrus Ave, Covina, 91723Friday 5pm - 9pm
    Cerritos17870 Park Plaza Dr @ Towne Center Dr, Cerritos, 90703Saturday 8am - 1pm
    East Los Angeles4801 E 3rd St across from Belvedere Park, LA, 90022Saturday 9am - 2pm
    Pomona ValleyPearl St & Garey Ave, Pomona, 91767Saturday 9am - 1pm
    West Covina195 S Glendora Ave, West Covina, 91790Saturday 9am - 1pm
    Crenshaw4020 Marlton Ave @ King St, Los Angeles, 90008Saturday 10am - 3pm

    = Locations that host Market Match! Market Match doubles your cash or EBT to use at select farmers’ markets every week.
    = Locations that offer farm boxes for curbside pickup.

    Visit fmfinder.org or m.wic.ca.gov to find other farmers’ markets to shop with your WIC farmers’ market vouchers.

    Here are some tips to remember while shopping at your local Farmers’ Market using FM vouchers.

    NEW! WICHealth.org Online Education

    We are excited to announce that PHFE WIC participants can now complete their nutrition education online at wichealth.org, a patented, online behavior change system designed to meet the nutrition education needs of our WIC families.

    We encourage you to use additional tools available on wichealth.org including Health eKitchen; fun, interactive lessons; and articles about nutrition and health topics that are relevant to families with growing children.

    Health eKitchen

    A collection of kid-approved, parent-tested healthy recipes for your family using WIC foods as ingredients.

    Nutrition and Health Lessons

    Learn more about introducing solids to your infant, teaching your baby to use a cup, dental health, and so much more. Develop new skills that will keep your family happy and healthy.

    Create Your Account

    There are several pieces of information you will need to make your WIChealth account:

    1. Agency – “PHFE”
    2. Clinic – select the WIC office you used to go to/ closest to your home
    3. Family ID number – log in to wiconlineeducation.org with your WIC card number. Once you are logged in, you will receive your 9 digit Family ID number and you will be redirected to WIChealth.org.

    Trouble logging in? Need assistance? Text “Need Fam ID + your first/last name and date of birth” to 91997

    Vote in the 2020 Presidential Election!


    Have you voted yet? The election season is quickly coming to a close! The last day to cast your ballot is Tuesday, November 3rd. For questions about completing and casting your ballot, scroll down to “Receive, Complete, and Cast Your Ballot by November 3rd.” Forgot to register? Prefer to vote in person? Here is the info you will need!

    I forgot to register! What do I do now?

    Head to a vote center in your county, polling place, or election office to complete Same Day Voter Registration. You will be able to fill out a registration card AND your ballot. Find a vote center near you!

    How can I vote in person? Do I need to bring my mail-in-ballot?

    Yes, you can vote in person, even if you are already registered! However, mail-in-voting, dropping off your ballot, is encouraged if possible.

    If you live in LA County or Orange County, you do not need to bring your mail-in-ballot if you prefer to fill out your ballot at the polling place. In fact, if your ballot did not arrive in the mail yet, head to your polling place for help!

    How can I cast my mail-in-ballot?

    Scroll down to “After I fill out my ballot, how do I return it to cast my vote?” to learn about all of the ways to submit your ballot to be counted.

    Questions? The LAist FAQ: What to Know about Voting by Mail has answers!

    Receive, Complete, and Cast Your Ballot by November 3rd

    The 2020 Presidential election is only three weeks away, and it is time to vote! County offices started mailing ballots out to active, registered voters no later than October 5th. If you are not already registered, it is not too late! Scroll down to “Register to Vote by October 19th” to learn about how you can register to participate in this year’s election. Are you already registered? Great! Your ballot should arrive any day now, then you can fill it out and cast your vote.

    When will I receive my ballot?

    • Counties started mailing ballots on or before October 5th
      • This means if you are an active, registered voter in CA your ballot will automatically be sent to you in the mail
      • If you have no updated your address since moving, you will need to do so here to ensure your ballot is mailed to the correct address
        • If you have not voted in the last few elections you will also need to check your voter status
      • If you are an inactive voter you can register now and request a mail-in ballot before October 27th
    • Have not received your ballot yet?
      • Use this tool to track your ballot! It will tell you:
        • when a ballot has been mailed to your address on file,
        • when a cast ballot has arrived at the election office, and
        • when your ballot has been counted

    How can I learn about all of these different propositions?

    • Ballot propositions are proposals to enact new laws or constitutional amendments or repeal existing laws or constitutional amendments. YOU can vote for or against these propositions to have an impact on the laws and amendments in your state.
    • Learn what a vote YES or a vote NO means for each proposition with these resources:
      • If you prefer to read: Easy Voter Guide
        • available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese
      • If you prefer to watch: calmatters.org
        • includes 1-2 minute videos explaining all of the propositions
      • If you prefer to have a combination of reading + watching: Article by LAist

    After I fill out my ballot, how do I return it to cast my vote?

    • Mail it in:
      • Ballots must be post marked ON or BEFORE election day, November 3, 2020 and election officials must receive it by November 20, 2020 to be counted
    • Drop it off before 8 PM at:

    Find more information and resources here.

    Register to Vote by October 19th

    The 2020 Presidential election is less than two months away and we want to provide you with information to ensure your voting experience goes smoothly! Register to vote or update your address TODAY. This will help county offices mail ballots to the correct addresses so that voters can vote-by-mail to help keep communities safe while exercising their constitutional right.

    Deadline to Register to vote: October 19th

    Who can register? Check here to find out if you are eligible to vote.

    When do I need to register or re-register?

    • First time voting
    • Recently moved from another state to California or within your state
    • Recently changed your name

    How can I register to vote? Register online today! It is now easier than ever with 10 different language options!

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Hindi
    • Chinese
    • Japanese
    • Khmer
    • Korean
    • Tagalog
    • Thai
    • Vietnamese

    You can also register by mail! Stop by your local library, post office, or Department of Motor Vehicles to pick up a CA voter application. Fill it out completely, and drop it in the mail before October 19th to ensure it is post marked in time!

    Not sure if you are registered yet or your information is up to date? Go to voterstatus.sos.ca.gov/ to check!

    Click on “Check your Registration Status.” Confirm your address to ensure your ballot is mailed to the correct place.

    For more information, check out vote.ca.gov! Check back here in the upcoming weeks for more information about the upcoming election!

    Clementine the Trolley visits WIC!

    Our second Clementine Mobile Food Pantry event of 2020 was a success! Hosted by our own Santa Ana East WIC on Wednesday, June 24 the trolley provided free boxes of food and other essentials to over 70 WIC families.

    Clementine is a colorful mobile food pantry that serves Orange County through Community Action Partnership Orange County and The OC Food Bank. The trolley is normally stocked like a supermarket with many essential items such as fruits, vegetables, diapers, soaps, and more. Special modifications have been made during the COVID-19 pandemic to follow social distancing protocols.

    The Clementine Trolley will be back in a couple months! PHFE WIC participants can send a text to 91997 and ask to sign up for the next Clementine event.

    Call 1-844-469-3264 to check your WIC food balance

    Attention WIC Participants!

    Your June WIC benefits may have been automatically added to your card. Check the California WIC app or call the phone number on the back of your WIC card to check your food balance: 1-844-4MY-FAMILY (1-844-469-3264).

    WIC App Technical Difficulties

    Some users of the California WIC App are currently experiencing technical difficulties. We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If you are unable to use the WIC app, call 1-844-469-3264 to check your food balance. 

    WIC Appointments

    WIC appointments are online and by phone until further notice. If you have an appointment scheduled for this month, please expect a phone call from WIC on the day of your appointment.

    Need Help?

    To request a change to your benefits or make an appointment, send a text to 91997. 

    Join a Breastfeeding Support Group!

    August marks Breastfeeding Awareness Month! PHFE WIC program will be hosting breastfeeding support groups at various WIC centers this month. Find a support group near you in the list below.

    Activities vary by location. Some activities to look forward to include family/baby portraits, children’s crafts, raffle prizes, snacks, breastfeeding certificates, story time with local librarians, and great conversation with other breastfeeding mothers.

    Date and Time
    WIC Center and Address
    August 29 at 11:00am
    Maple WIC
    English and Spanish
    August 29 at 11:30am
    Lincoln WIC
    English and Spanish
    August 30 at 11:00am