Research Brief| Volume 45, ISSUE 6, P723-727, November 2013

Mothers Prefer Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Over Jarred Baby Fruits and Vegetables in the New Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children Food Package

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      This study examined Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participant use and satisfaction with jarred baby foods, assessed preference for cash value vouchers (CVVs) for fruits and vegetables vs jarred baby foods, and examined whether preferences varied among selected ethnic groups.


      A survey of California WIC participants and statewide redemption data were used.


      Participants reported high satisfaction with the CVV for fruits and vegetables and jarred baby foods, with statistically significant variation across ethnic groups. About two thirds of all participants reported a preference for CVVs for fruits and vegetables over jarred baby foods. Redemption data indicated declining redemption rates for jarred fruits and vegetables with increasing age of the infant across all ethnic groups.

      Conclusions and Implications

      Although the addition of jarred fruits and vegetables to the food package for infants ages 6–11 months was well received, many caregivers want the option to choose between jarred foods and fresh fruits and vegetables.

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