Concord, NH - The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program is pleased to announce they will again this year be providing WIC families with coupons to be used at farmers’ markets statewide starting in June.
The WIC Nutrition Program has begun their annual distribution of coupons to women and children enrolled in WIC for fresh fruits and vegetables. WIC promotes healthy nutrition, including encouraging families to eat more fruits and vegetables every day for better health. The WIC Program is a public health nutrition program for low- to moderate-income pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and children up to 5 years of age.
“Proper nutrition for young children is crucial to their growth and development, mentally as well as physically,” said Dr. José Montero, Director of the DHHS Division of Public Health Services. “That is why it is important for WIC to be encouraging and assisting families with eating more fruits and vegetables through the farmers’ market coupons and their education efforts.”
There are more than 70 farmers’ markets statewide and most markets are open in mid to late-June, with early vegetables, such as asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, carrots, lettuce rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, turnips, and rutabagas. For a complete listing visit the New Hampshire Farmers’ Markets Association website at www.nhfma.org.
Also, starting in October, WIC families will be receiving fruits and vegetables year round. Cash value vouchers will be provided for fresh, frozen, and canned fruits and vegetables in grocery stores. Children will receive $6.00 per month, pregnant women and non-breastfeeding women will receive $8.00 per month, and breastfeeding women will receive $10.00 per month. WIC nutritionists will be providing parents with healthy recipes for cooking vegetables, tips on how to choose healthy canned and frozen fresh fruits and vegetables, and information on how to introduce new vegetables to young children. The WIC Program will also be adding whole grain breads and cereals, low-fat dairy products, and infant fruits, vegetables, and meats starting in October.
For more information about the WIC and Farmers' Market Nutrition Programs, contact the Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-942-4321 or visit the DHHS website at www.dhhs.nh.gov/DHHS/WIC/default.htm. WIC is an equal opportunity program.