Illinois will increase its contribution to those buying fruits and vegetables in a need-based food program for women, children and infants. The Illinois Department of Human Services will offer an additional $2 per month for produce in the federally-funded supplemental food program. Increasing the amount from $6 to $8 per month. DHS Secretary Michelle Saddler says it will allow for more healthy foods to be available to children. The WIC program was created to improve nutrition for low-income pregnant women and mothers with infants and children. It serves more than 140,000 in the state. State officials say it has contributed to reducing infant deaths, low birth-weight rates and health problems in children.
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