Big Changes Coming to WIC
Posted on 10/03/2019

The Women, Infants, and Children Nutrition Program, commonly known as WIC, will be introducing some big changes this year. Many states around the country already use a WIC EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card. Washington State is joining that group in 2019. The WIC card is being introduced slowly throughout the State. Benton and Franklin County WIC programs will be implementing the change in November.

All Benton and Franklin area WIC offices will be closed during the last week of October (October 28-November 1) while staff are trained on brand-new software and new equipment is installed. We will have new cloud-based data management, scanners to upload paperwork, signature pads instead of paper forms to sign, and card reader/loader devices. WIC is joining the 21st century!

When WIC reopens on November 4th, checks will be a thing of the past! Clients will receive the same foods as before, but have much more flexibility in how they shop. One card will include foods for all WIC clients in the family, and allow shoppers to buy just the items they want at the time. The receipt will print out a list of foods remaining in the account. There will still be a “start date” and “end date” for food availability that remains the same from month to month.

Not all the changes waited until 2019, however. In 2018, Washington WIC introduced the free WICShopper app. Downloaded onto a smartphone, the app can be used to scan bar codes at the grocery store to determine if a food is WIC-approved. Clients will have access to up-to-date food benefit balance and notifications when benefits are about to expire. The WICShopper app also includes a digital version of the WIC Shopping Guide, a produce calculator to determine price by weight, a WIC store locator, recipes, and more. 

So if you or someone you know may be eligible for WIC but didn’t want the hassle of using WIC checks, it may be time to give WIC another try! Please contact us!