From the McHenry County Health Department:
WIC recipients to see a temporary increase in benefits to purchase fruits and vegetables
McHENRY COUNTY — McHenry County residents who participate in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will see an increase in benefits over the next few months.
Under normal circumstances, eligible participants receive $9 per child and $11 for pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding persons for fruits and vegetables.
That amount has temporarily increased to a maximum of $35 per child and adult, per month until September 31.
“It’s always a good time to offer baby and child healthy food choices or try out new recipes. With the temporary increase in benefits, our WIC families can introduce fruits and vegetables to their children that they might not otherwise consider purchasing,” said MCDH Public Health Administrator Melissa Adamson.
Beginning July 10, WIC recipients can also begin purchasing locally grown items by using vouchers at participating farmer’s markets.
The vouchers must be requested in advance and are provided on first-come, first-served basis.
WIC is an equal opportunity program that provides pregnant, postpartum or nursing parents, infants, and children up to the age of 5, who are at nutritional risk, with healthy foods to supplement their diets as well as health care referrals and nutrition education.
Caregivers with low to medium income and those who are part of other programs such as foster care, medical assistance or SNAP meet eligibility requirements.
To find out if you are eligible for WIC support, to learn more about the increase or to speak with a nutritionist about new recipe ideas, please visit bit.ly/MCDHWIC or call (815) 334-4505