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IFPA supports increase in WIC produce benefits in appropriations bill

- General News
U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) released text of the 2022 Omnibus Appropriations bill overnight. The bill is expected to be voted on today by the House of Representatives.

USDA to bump WIC fruit and vegetable voucher funding

- General News
Participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children may soon see a temporary increase to their benefits for the purchase of fruits and vegetables.

Bill introduced to drastically increase WIC fresh produce voucher value

- Retail
The WIC Benefit Flexibility During COVID-19 Act will give states the option to nearly quadruple the fruit and vegetable benefit for children, and triple the benefit for mothers.

WIC changes, including fresh produce vouchers, helped lower child obesity

- General News
It was a long and hard battle for fresh produce advocates, but a new study suggests efforts to increase fruit and vegetable access for WIC paid off in lower rates of obesity for children.