How will eWIC Affect Me?
There are many benefits of using eWIC at the grocery store. Currently, if you do not purchase all of the foods listed on your WIC check when you cash the check at the grocery store, you lose the foods you did not purchase. With eWIC, you will not have to purchase all of the foods on your card at one time. You can use your eWIC card to purchase the food items whenever you want to within the monthly benefit period. Also, it is less noticeable to other shoppers that you are using WIC benefits when using the card.
With all food benefits for your family combined on the eWIC card, you can decide how many items you would like to purchase each time you use your card. For example, if your family has two children each receiving 4 gallons of milk, a total of 8 gallons are put onto the card. You can purchase anywhere from one gallon to all eight gallons at once if you chose to. Food benefits still must be redeemed within a first date and last date to use. You will also receive a receipt for each WIC purchase. This receipt will list the foods purchased during that shopping trip. It will also list the remaining balance of WIC foods - the foods that you can buy before the last date of use.