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.
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!