Missouri extends temporary increase in WIC benefits until March

JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri (KY3) – The Missouri Department of Health and Elderly Services has extended a temporary increase in WIC benefits until March 2022, which allows 60,000 women and young children to receive fruit and healthy vegetables every month.

The Missouri WIC program is for financially eligible women, infants, and children under the age of five. WIC families have the opportunity to purchase nutritious foods from over 600 WIC authorized retailers across Missouri.

According to the Missouri DHSS, the monthly increase is the same amount as in November and December: $ 24 per month for participating children, $ 43 per month for pregnant and postpartum women, and $ 47 per month for breastfeeding women. . Standard CVB values ​​range from $ 9 to $ 11.

President Biden signed the Government Funding Extension Act of 2022 earlier this month, giving the USDA the power to extend the temporary increase,

“I am delighted that we have the opportunity to expand this increase in value for the women and children of Missouri,” said Donald Kauerauf, director of DHSS. “Added fruits and vegetables are the basis of a healthier diet and help improve our overall health. “

Eligible participants should contact their local WIC office to make an appointment to load the additional funds onto their eWIC card by January 1 to avoid any delays. For more information on the program, CLICK HERE.

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