Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), is offering its families a new way to shop for WIC food benefits using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (eWIC) card. No more paper checks! WIC families in the MFHS service area that includes Berks, Bradford, Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming counties will begin using this new tool in October 2019.
With the eWIC card, shopping will be quick, easy and convenient for WIC families and grocery stores. WIC participants will save time at the checkout and can buy WIC foods in as many shopping trips as they need throughout the month. Participants may 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.
In order to prepare for this transition, WIC Nutrition Centers in the above listed counties will be closed for staff training from September 23 through September 30, 2019. WIC will re-open for appointments on October 1, 2019.
WIC provides services at over 250 clinic sites throughout Pennsylvania and serves approximately 205,000 pregnant women, infants and children under age 5. These WIC families shop at more than 1,500 Pennsylvania grocery stores and spend $248 million a year with their WIC food benefits.
“Maternal and Family Health Services is excited to offer a new, convenient way for our families to shop,” said MFHS President & CEO Bette Cox Saxton. “This enhancement of the WIC program will allow us to continue to provide high quality nutrition care to women and children in Northeast Pennsylvania.”
The Maternal and Family Health Services WIC Program has been offering participant-centered nutrition education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and has been serving 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 country. MFHS has WIC appointment openings. For more information about WIC, visit MFHS.org or pawic.com or call 1-800-367-6347 or 1-800-WIC-WINS. PA WIC is funded by the USDA. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.