WIC program improves customer service

Submitted by Nemaha County Community Health

WIC, Kansas’ public health nutrition program, is offering its families a new way to shop for WIC food benefits using an EBT (electronic benefit transaction) card.

WIC families in Shawnee County began piloting the system last September. The pilot was a success, and now WIC families in northeast Kansas will begin receiving cards Jan. 10. Statewide rollout of the new eWIC cards will be completed by June 1.

Currently, participants in the WIC program use paper checks to buy the healthy WIC foods provided by the program. Now, with the new eWIC card, shopping will be easier and WIC families will be able to better track their monthly food balance. Participants also have access to a new WICShopper Smart Phone App allowing them to scan a food’s bar code to determine if it is a WIC allowed food.

Every month, WIC provides services at over 100 clinic sites throughout Kansas and serves approximately 53,000 women and infants and children under age 5. These WIC families shop at more than 300 Kansas grocery stores and spend $49 million a year using their WIC food benefits.

In Nemaha County, 117 women, infants and children participate in WIC, and two local grocery stores partner in providing healthy foods to participants.

“The Nemaha County WIC program is really excited to bring eWIC to our community. eWIC will be great because it will make shopping for WIC food benefits more convenient and easier for WIC participants and cashiers,” said Misty Scott, Nemaha County WIC Coordinator.

WIC — officially titled the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — offers participant-centered nutrition education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and has served as a gateway for preventative health for over 40 years. It is considered one of the most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs in the United States.

Nemaha County Community Health Services WIC has appointment openings in Sabetha at 1004 Main Street and Seneca at 203 N. 8th Street. For more information about WIC or to schedule an appointment in either location, please call 785-284-2152. For more information, visit www.kansaswic.org.


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