CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services announced on Friday the U.S. Department of Agriculture has finalized changes to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children which expands access to fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy.

“The updated guidelines provide a $2 increase in the monthly amount for children’s fruits and vegetable purchases, from $6 to $8 per month,” Dr. Letitia Tierney, State Health Officer and Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health said. “The changes expand whole grain options available to participants beginning this fall, and will allow states more flexibility in meeting the nutritional and cultural needs of WIC participants.”

The updated USDA food package made science-based decisions in determining what food items should be in the WIC food package. The revisions reflect public comments submitted and also aligns them more closely with updated nutrition science based on recommendations of the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Infant feeding guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics were also taken into account in the update.

WIC provides pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants and children up to age five with nutritious, supplemental foods. The program also provides nutrition and breastfeeding education and referral to health and social services.

Recent research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified changes to the WIC food packages as a contributing factor to the decline in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers.

More than 45,000 West Virginians receive WIC benefits each month.

To learn more about WIC services or how to apply for benefits, call 304-558-0030, or the local WIC office. More information can be found online at

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  • DWL

    WELFARE! Put the stigma back in it!

  • northforkfisher

    That should buy an apple and maybe a bell pepper. We can waste money sending food overseas to people that use it to come back and kill us. I think we should spend more of the money here at home on our own kids and like it or not all the children legal citizens or not. Before everyone jumps on me, I believe they should be deported along with their parents but as long as they are here we must take care of all the children. They can't help they was born here illegally.

    • Jason412

      If your born here, you're not an illegal. A child born on American soil to two illegal immigrants is an American citizen.

      That is what causes a lot of the problems, because the government can deport the parents but not the child, thus breaking up families.

      • northforkfisher

        Thank you for the info, I was referring to the ones sneak in by their parents as babies.

  • RogerD

    How about potatoes? I read that Lady Michelle has poo pooed potatoes.