Fruit and Vegetable Voucher Farmers
In 2007 USDA began the process of revising the federal regulations. These changes will help us better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants and are in line with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines which include more fruits and vegetables, emphasizes the importance of whole grains and foods lower in saturated fat and cholesterol. In addition, these regulations allow states the option to authorize farmers to redeem the WIC fruit and vegetable voucher. By October 1, 2009, states had to implement these changes. Ohio is the only state in the midwest region to authorize farmers.
The WIC program contracts with interested farmers through what is known as the Farmers Retail program. This program utilizes a fruit and vegetable voucher (FVV) which allows participants to purchase fresh, canned, or frozen fruits and vegetables. Farmers must request an application by November 1 each year. Currently authorized Retailers can accept the FVV as part of their normal WIC redemptions. Click on Farmer Application to access it.
The following fruit types would be allowable: Whole, pre-cut, or sliced fruit, and individual serving sizes without sauces or dips.
Fruit types NOT allowed would be: Fruit trays or party trays, fruit baskets, decorative or ornamental fruits (e.g., gourds, painted pumpkins); items from salad bar; fruit with added nuts; baked goods with added fruit (e.g., blueberry muffins); dried fruit including fruit leathers or fruit rolls ups; prunes, raisins, dried cranberries or any other dried fruit; edible blossoms or flowers; fruits with sauces or dips.
The following vegetables types would be allowable: Whole, pre-cut or sliced vegetables; individual serving sizes without sauces or dips; only the following type of potatoes: yams and sweet potatoes.
Vegetable types NOT allowed would be: Any variety of white or yellow potatoes (e.g., Yukon Gold or red skin potatoes); red or purple skinned potatoes; vegetable trays or party trays, decorative or ornamental vegetables (e.g., garlic or chili peppers on string); items from salad bar; herbs or spices; edible blossoms or flowers; vegetables with sauces or dips.
Last updated: 3/14