Nutrition for Pregnant People

Pregnancy is a particularly important time period in which to address food insecurity because adequate nutrition is critical to positive birth outcomes and healthy fetal development. Growing evidence now supports the critical importance of reducing economic barriers to fruit and vegetable purchases in food insecure households in order to support a healthier diet.

At 8.6%, San Francisco’s pre-term birth rate is higher than the California state average, and significant disparities exist by race/ethnicity and income.

Vouchers 4 Veggies is working hard to address these disparities by rigorously implementing and evaluating interventions designed to reduce food insecurity and support healthy dietary intake among at-risk pregnant people.

Watch this short video to hear EatSF’s Associate Director, Melissa Akers, discuss our exciting partnership with PTBi and WIC.

V4V has partnered with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and WIC to enroll at-risk, predominantly Latina and African-American pregnant people into the fruit and vegetable voucher program, with the goals of improving access to healthy food, improving health, and ultimately reducing preterm birth rates among this vulnerable group. Since February 2017, V4V has enrolled over 4,000 low-income pregnant people through the network of WIC clinics across San Francisco. Pregnant people enrolled in the program receive $40 each month in vouchers redeemable for fruits and vegetables.

Leveraging this existing partnership, V4V received additional funding through the California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) to rigorously evaluate the outcomes of the program. This additional funding allowed V4V to determine the extent to which $10 in weekly vouchers redeemable for fruits and vegetables improves intake of fruits and vegetables, reduces food insecurity, and lowers preterm birth rates among low-income, pregnant people in San Francisco. 

Read more about our study results here.

What is WIC?

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a USDA Federal program that serves low-income, nutritionally at risk:

  • Pregnant people (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks post-partum)
  • Breastfeeding people (up to infant’s 1st birthday)
  • Non-breastfeeding people (up to 6 months post-partum or after pregnancy ends)
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday)
  • Children (Ages 1-5)

WIC benefits provide participants with supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education and counseling at WIC clinics, and screening or referrals to other health, welfare, and social services. EatSF’s partnership with WIC provides pregnant people with additional benefits to further reduce the economic barriers to fruits and vegetables.

Find and contact a WIC clinic near you if you think you would like to learn more about or think you might be eligible for WIC and EatSF benefits!

“My health has improved all around: blood pressure, weight, blood sugar. All of my exams have turned out better.”

– V4V – EatSF Client



EatSF in San Francisco

Eggplant at Farmer's Market

Consultant Services for Voucher Programs

Fruit Stand at Farmer's Market

Vouchers 4 Veggies in Los Angeles

Is your organization or store
interested in partnering with EatSF?

Translate »