DOH NEWS RELEASE: TEMPORARY INCREASE OF WIC CASH VALUE BENEFITS – FINANCIAL RELIEF FOR HAWAI’I WIC FAMILIES
HONOLULU – The Hawaiʻi Girls, Infants, and Kids (WIC) Program will enhance their money worth profit (CVB) to $35 for first-use dates of June, July, August, and September. Along with the CVB that individuals can use to buy vegetables and fruit at licensed WIC distributors, individuals obtain milk, cereal, juice, complete grains, beans, peanut butter, and child meals as a part of their month-to-month advantages. Funding for the momentary enhance comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA).
“This pandemic has been extremely onerous on Hawaiʻi households,” stated Melanie Murakami, Department Chief, WIC Providers Department, Hawaiʻi State Division of Well being. “The momentary enhance of $35 will permit households to maximise WIC advantages and proceed to incorporate extra vegetables and fruit into their day by day meals whereas serving to ease the additional monetary stress they needed to endure this previous yr.”
The Hawaiʻi WIC Program began issuing future meals packages with the brand new $35 enhance starting with individuals’ June advantages. Present WIC individuals are being knowledgeable of this implementation throughout their appointments and can see the up to date advantages of their account in the event that they had been issued June advantages this month.
These which are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, or have youngsters underneath 5 years previous can see in the event that they qualify for WIC advantages by contacting their nearest WIC workplace at signupwic.com.
Distributors can be notified of the momentary $35 CVB enhance and the potential of elevated demand for produce of their shops because the implementation date nears.
The ARPA is the third laws signed by President Joe Biden to offer monetary reduction through the declared COVID-19 public well being emergency. The momentary $35 CVB enhance is a joint alternative between the Hawaiʻi WIC Program and USDA Meals and Diet Service (FNS).
Be taught extra in regards to the Hawaiʻi WIC Program at health.hawaii.gov/wic.
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