WIC in the Future
All WIC agencies will move from providing checks to using electronic benefit transfer (EBT) to deliver WIC food benefits. The transition to EBT, referred to as eWIC, will create an easier shopping experience. WIC families will be able to purchase products over multiple trips to the store rather than purchasing everything at one time during the month.
What is eWIC?
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, Public Law 111-296, was implemented to increase access to healthy food for low-income children, and mandates that states must implement electronic benefit transfer (EBT) by October 1, 2020 (42 U.S.C. 1786 et. seq.)(WIC) for all Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC program) benefits. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ (DHSS) WIC program is transitioning to an EBT system, eWIC, beginning in October 2019. DHSS anticipates statewide implementation in all 117 local agencies and approximately 630 authorized WIC retailers to enhance WIC benefits delivery to approximately 104,000 monthly participants by April 2020.
When will eWIC come to my area? (Updated Aug. 2, 2019)
Updated Aug. 2, 2019: Unfortunately, a delay in the development of the WIC transaction system used by 434 of Missouri’s authorized WIC retailers has caused the eWIC rollout to be delayed until early 2020. With 71% of authorized WIC retailers unable to accept eWIC transactions by the original October 2019 rollout date, the eWIC rollout schedule must be revised. State agency staff realize this delay puts a terrible strain on local agency planning and scheduling, and that the delay is very disappointing to eager participants. The state agency is working with eWIC contractors and the United States Department of Agriculture to determine a revised rollout schedule – which should be available by mid-August. A revised rollout schedule will be posted as soon as it becomes available.