On Sept. 30, both chambers of Congress approved the continuing resolution that will extend the American Rescue Plan Act’s temporary WIC benefit increase. This increase of WIC’s Cash Value Benefit (CVB) for vegetable and fruit purchases was set to expire at the end of September but has been extended until Dec. 31.

Lincoln County residents can find out if they are eligible for WIC by calling 541-265-4163 or emailing lincolncountywic@co.lincoln.or.us

Benefit levels are re-set at 50 percent of recommended intake based on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) guidance. This results in cash benefit amounts of $24 per month for children, $43 per month for pregnant and postpartum participants, and $47 per month for breastfeeding participants, to purchase fruits and vegetables. Without this action, WIC participants would have only received $9 per month for children and $11 per month for women.

Rev. Douglas Greenaway, president and CEO of the National WIC Association, said, “With over 4.7 million women and children facing a benefits cliff on Sept. 30, Congress took the right step to provide continued access to healthy foods and extend the WIC benefit bump. The three-month extension of increased vegetable and fruit benefits makes a world of difference for WIC families. Over the summer, WIC families reported that enhanced benefits brought healthier foods into reach, blunted the impact of rising food prices, and helped parents shop for a variety of vegetables and fruit to feed their young children.”

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