A bill signed by President Joe Biden this week extends a benefit that helps hundreds of thousands of low-income Los Angeles families buy more fruits and vegetables. WIC’s monthly fruit budget has been $9 for kids and $11 for parents for over a decade. Congress increased it during the pandemic, but the increase was due to expire at the end of the year. That benefit increase to $35 per child and adult will continue through March 2022.
“Feeding children healthy food is not a partisan issue,” said Shannon Whaley, Research and Evaluation Director at PHFE WIC. “I think right now it’s important to be reminded, all families, all children, all pregnant women really deserve access to healthy food.”