eWIC - Families
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.) 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 anticipated statewide implementation in all 118 local agencies and approximately 620 authorized WIC retailers to enhance WIC benefits delivery to over 100,000 monthly participants by August 2020.
Welcome to Missouri WIC DHSS Catalog #1207
This handout is to provide counseling to new participants about the WIC program. The translated versions are available for downloading: Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese, Chinese, Farsi, French, Hindi, Hmong, Korean, Nepali, Romanian, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
Authorized WIC Retailers
Authorized WIC retailers can be identified as green pins on the location map. Click here to view the map.
Look for the eWIC door decal at the entrance of an authorized WIC retailer.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an eWIC card?
An eWIC card holds WIC food benefits that the participant can use at the grocery store.
Will SNAP benefits and WIC benefits be on the same card?
No. The eWIC card for the WIC program will be separate from the EBT card for the SNAP program.
Will the eWIC card be able to have three (3) months’ worth of benefits loaded onto it?
Yes. The eWIC card will have the ability to hold three (3) months’ worth of benefits. Unused benefits will expire in the same way as they do with the current check system. Participants will still have to return to the WIC clinic to receive additional benefits and nutrition education.
Will there be one (1) card for all household members on WIC?
Yes. All family members on WIC in the same household will have their benefits on one (1) card. Foster children will receive their own cards. You will use this card at every appointment to add the next set of benefits. The card is not to be used and then thrown away.
Who can change the PIN?
Only the authorized representative can change the PIN for an eWIC card.
Do participants need to show identification with their eWIC card at the grocery store?
No. Proper identification is not required with the eWIC card at the grocery store. The PIN will be the participant’s identification for using the card.
How will the eWIC card work at the store?
The process will be very similar to using a debit or credit card. Participants will shop for their WIC approved items as usual. At checkout, the eWIC card will be inserted into the card reader where WIC approved items will be deducted from the balance of the benefit package on the card. Unused benefits will remain on the card and will expire the last day of the month at midnight.
What happens if a participant loses their card?
If a participant loses their eWIC card, it will be placed on the Hot Card List and after a 5-day waiting period the authorized representative will be able to come into the local agency with appropriate proof of identity to get a new one.
Can eWIC cards be used at self-checkout registers?
No. Technology is still under development by retailers.
Can participants shop in other states with their Missouri eWIC card?
No. Missouri eWIC cards are ONLY accepted at Missouri authorized WIC retailers.
What happens to eWIC cards of foster children when they move to a different household?
The eWIC card should follow the foster child. Each foster child will be assigned an eWIC card of their own. If multiple foster children reside in one household, the authorized representative may label each card with the child’s initials to keep them separated.
Can eWIC cards be used at all stores?
No. Missouri eWIC cards can only be used at stores displaying the Missouri eWIC Authorized Retailer decal.
What should I do if an item on the WIC Approved Food List does not get deducted from my eWIC card at checkout?
After scanning all items, WIC-approved food items will be deducted from the eWIC card. Check the receipt to ensure the items are correctly deducted before pressing the key to confirm your purchase.
What is the WICShopper Application?
WICShopper is a specialized WIC smartphone application. The application will assist participants in identifying WIC-approved food items at the grocery store. The application will allow participants to scan an item’s Universal Product Code (UPC) to ensure that it is a WIC-approved item before checking out. The application will feature nutritional information, food preparation tips, and recipes to help WIC participants get the most out of the WIC program.
My partner and I share the shopping in our household. May we each get a card for the same account?
No. Only one card is assigned per household.