As reported on National WIC Association, on September 30th, 2021, both chambers of Congress approved the Continuing Resolution (CR). The continuing resolution includes a provision to extend the American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary increase of WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for vegetables and fruits purchases that were set to expire today.
The continuing resolution extends the benefits increase until December 2021 and resets benefit levels at 50% of recommended intake based on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) guidance, resulting in $24/month for children, $43/month for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $47/month for breastfeeding participants. Without this action, WIC participants would have only received $9/month for children and $11/month for women.
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