Idaho’s nutrition program for women, infants and children benefits will temporarily increase


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    To promote the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables, the cash-value benefit amount for participants in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children will temporarily increase to $35 per month, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced in a press release.

    The increase will be in effect from June to September and is funded by $2.4 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act. The monthly cash-value benefit is normally $9 per child and $11 for pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, according to the release. The additional money will also increase revenue for Idaho’s WIC-authorized grocery retailers.

    WIC provides nutritious supplemental foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, cheese, whole grains, cereal, juice, beans, peanut butter, infant formula and infant foods at no cost to qualified families. The program’s services also include health screenings, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding information and support, help from registered dietitians and referrals to community services, according to the release.

    The average Idahoan enrolled in WIC receives approximately $45 of healthy foods per month, the release said. There are about 31,000 people per month receiving Idaho WIC assistance.

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    Kelcie Moseley-Morris
    Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press. She has covered city and county government, crime and courts, education and the Idaho Legislature. She has received awards from the Idaho Press Club for her reporting on the aftermath of a $4.5 million budget shortfall at Nampa School District, as well as her reporting on campaign finance. Her specialty is reporting complex subjects related to fiscal policy in a straightforward, understandable way. Born and raised in Boise, Moseley-Morris lives with her husband, their daughter, and a silly dog named Olive in Meridian. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to new places, mostly for the food.