announces increase in WIC benefits to purchase more fruits and
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[June 04, 2014]
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois
Department of Human Services is pleased to announce that children in
the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and
Children (WIC) will receive an increase in the amount allocated for
fruits and vegetables. Effective this week children one and
older will receive an additional $2 per month – from $6 to $8 – to
redeem for any WIC eligible fruits and vegetables.
“This increase will allow for more fruits and vegetables to be
available to these children,” said IDHS Secretary Michelle R.B.
Saddler. “Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients that support
a healthy weight and lifestyle.”
WIC is a USDA-funded public health nutrition program created to
reduce the nutritional risk of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and
breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to the age of five.
WIC provides food, nutrition education and access to healthcare. The
program serves more than 140,000 children statewide.
The supplemental foods and nutrition education provided in WIC have
assisted in reducing fetal deaths, infant mortality, low birth
weight rates, iron deficiency anemia in children and increased
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To learn more about the WIC program or to see if you may
qualify, please visit
www.fns.usda.gov/wic or contact your local WIC office.
[Text received; ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT
OF HUMAN SERVICES]