FIGURE F-1B Representation of a cash-value WIC food instrument (net sale not to exceed $2).

NOTE: This sample of a cash-value food instrument for fresh fruits and vegetables is one of a set that would be issued to the participant with a sum total cash-value of $8 per month for this child participant. Some WIC state agencies currently issue a series of standard food instruments to be used throughout the month. This example is representative of a WIC state agency in which food instruments are issued as four sets per month, easily accommodating participants who obtain groceries on an average of once per week. The cash-value voucher for fresh produce is a workable procedure in other scenarios; however, in situations were WIC foods are obtained on an average of once per month, the fresh fruit and vegetable option may not be optimal. In these situations, the processed fruit and vegetable option or a combination of the fresh and processed options may be more workable. From the committee’s discussion with representatives of grocery vendors, an important feature is that the fresh produce is obtained on a food instrument separate from other grocery items.

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