Maui News

Temporary Increase of $35 to WIC Cash Value Benefits

Listen to this Article
1 minute
Loading Audio... Article will play after ad...
Playing in :00

The Hawaiʻi Women, Infants, and Children or “WIC” Program will increase their cash value benefit to $35 for first-use dates of June, July, August, and September. Funding for the temporary increase comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

In addition to the CVB that participants can use to purchase fruits and vegetables at authorized WIC vendors, participants receive milk, cereal, juice, whole grains, beans, peanut butter, and baby food as part of their monthly benefits.

File photo.

“This pandemic has been incredibly hard on Hawaiʻi families,” said Melanie Murakami, Branch Chief, WIC Services Branch, Hawaiʻi State Department of Health. “The temporary increase of $35 will allow families to maximize WIC benefits and continue to include more fruits and vegetables into their daily meals while helping ease the extra financial stress they had to endure this past year.”

The Hawaiʻi WIC Program started issuing future food packages with the new $35 increase beginning with participants’ June benefits. Current WIC participants are being informed of this implementation during their appointments and will see the updated benefits in their account if they were issued June benefits this month.


Those that are pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum, or have children under 5 years old can see if they qualify for WIC benefits by contacting their nearest WIC office at

Vendors will be notified of the temporary $35 CVB increase and the possibility of increased demand for produce in their stores as the implementation date nears.

The ARPA is the third legislation signed by President Joe Biden to provide financial relief during the declared COVID-19 public health emergency. The temporary $35 CVB increase is a joint opportunity between the Hawaiʻi WIC Program and USDA Food and Nutrition Service.



Sponsored Content

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Stay in-the-know with daily or weekly
headlines delivered straight to your inbox.
Make the most of your Maui vacation with these top-rated activities: Maui Top 20: Maui Visitor & Tourism Information


This comments section is a public community forum for the purpose of free expression. Although Maui Now encourages respectful communication only, some content may be considered offensive. Please view at your own discretion. View Comments