AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Well being and Human Providers Fee (HHSC) at the moment introduced a short lived enhance in meals advantages for households collaborating within the Texas Particular Supplemental Vitamin Program for Ladies, Infants, and Kids (WIC) by September 2021.
This non permanent enhance particularly covers the acquisition of vegetables and fruit.
“This enhance in advantages will assist Texans who take part in WIC present extra vegetables and fruit for his or her households this summer season,” mentioned Governor Abbott. “I thank Meals and Vitamin Service and HHSC for his or her continued partnership to make sure Texas kids and their households have entry to nutritious, wholesome meals.”
“Texas WIC supplies meals which have nice dietary worth — offering key vitamins at key phases of improvement,” mentioned Texas WIC Director Edgar Curtis. “This dietary assist early in life builds stronger, smarter, more healthy, and happier kids and Texans. Recent vegetables and fruit, that are loaded with nutritional vitamins and different plant-based vitamins, are on the forefront of that technique.”
The American Rescue Plan Act was signed into regulation in March 2021 and permits states to briefly present as much as $35 for vegetables and fruit per little one and grownup, per 30 days. This extra profit permits WIC shoppers to buy extra contemporary vegetables and fruit to allow them to devour extra wholesome meals.
On account of federal laws, Texas WIC shoppers will obtain 4 months of further advantages, from June by September. Purchasers obtain advantages three months upfront and present shoppers ought to have already got the $35 of their advantages beginning in June.
WIC shoppers embody pregnant and breastfeeding girls and youngsters as much as the age of 5 who additionally meet income guidelines. All WIC shoppers are inspired to maintain their subsequent appointment to obtain further advantages.
WIC is a federal vitamin program administered by the Texas Well being and Human Providers Fee. This system supplies wholesome meals, one-on-one vitamin counseling, recipes, vitamin courses, and breastfeeding assist to moms and households with kids youthful than 5.
This system serves roughly 700,000 girls and youngsters month-to-month. For extra details about Texas WIC, go to TexasWIC.org