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WIC


WELCOME TO THE CONNECTICUT WIC PROGRAM

 

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WIC’s fruit and vegetable enhanced benefit gets an extension!  

 

The temporary enhanced fruit and vegetable benefit for WIC participants over the age of 1 has been extended.

The amount of fruit and vegetable benefit you or your child receives depends on your category. How much will I get?

*NEW AMOUNTS*

  • $26 per month for each child over 12 months of age
  • $47 per month for pregnant, partially breastfeeding (limited) and postpartum women participants
  • $52 per month for fully or partially breastfeeding (mostly) women participants

 

Reminder: WIC benefits are good for 30 days and do not roll over into the next month if unused.

If you notice a smaller amount on the Family Benefit List your WIC office provided you can check your current month’s benefit balance to verify your fruit and vegetable cash value benefit amount. Ways to check your benefit balance:

·        My Benefits button on WICShopper

·        Call 855.222.0510

·        Go online to www.connectebt.com

·        Go to customer service at the store and ask for an account balance inquiry.

 

Please note amounts of your cash value fruit and vegetable benefit are dependent on decisions made by the federal government. Any changes will be posted on WICShopper and WIC (ct.gov).

 

 

 

If you need more help with food, call your local WIC office, 211 or click the links below.

211 of Connecticut

https://www.211ct.org

Connecticut Foodshare

www.ctfoodshare.org

State of Connecticut Social Services

www.connect.ct.gov

 

ALERT: WIC participants are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) that provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers, and can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail-in application. You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/ACP or by calling 1.877.384.2575.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children Under Five Years Old

All children over 6 months old are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The best way to protect children against COVID-19 is to get them vaccinated. Like other pediatric vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccine was thoroughly tested on children before being recommended, and both types of vaccines are safe and effective. All children who have already had COVID-19 should still consider getting vaccinated. Parents or caregivers can find available vaccines HERE or by contacting their healthcare provider or local pharmacy. The vaccine is available at no cost to any child who meets the age criterion, regardless of insurance or immigration status.

                                                                                                                                                                                    

Connecticut WIC Program Service Update

The Connecticut WIC Program is here to support you.  All WIC offices are currently open with flexible appointment options including phone, video conference, online and in-person appointments.  To see what is needed for your upcoming appointment, visit the WICShopper app My Appointment button or contact your local WIC office.  

                                                                                                                                                                                    

 

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, better known as the WIC Program, provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.

 

Who is eligible?

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1 st birthday).
  • Non-breastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 45 percent of all infants born in the United States.
  • Children up to their 5th birthday (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children).

What are the benefits?

  • Individual time to speak with a nutritionist or trained professional about your diet or your child's diet.
  • Opportunity to meet and talk to other moms with young children.
  • Referrals to health care and other social service programs.
  • An eWIC card to buy healthy food for you or your children.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

 

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

 

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online HERE, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

 

 

 Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

              1400 Independence Avenue, SW

               Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or

Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.