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How to use you WIC EBT Card

The WIC program has transitioned to electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards in some states. The WIC EBT card works like a debit card and allows you to purchase WIC-approved foods at authorized retailers. 

  • Get your card: If your state participates in the WIC EBT program, you will be issued a WIC EBT card instead of paper vouchers. 
  • Know what foods you can buy: The WIC EBT card can be used to buy specific foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The exact list of WIC-approved foods varies by state, so be sure to check your state’s list before shopping. 
  • Go shopping: Once you have your WIC EBT card, you can use it to purchase WIC-approved foods at authorized retailers such as grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers’ markets. Be sure to bring your WIC EBT card with you to the store. 
  • Follow the guidelines: Each time you use your WIC EBT card, you will be required to enter a personal identification number (PIN). The system will check that you are buying only WIC-approved foods and that you are not exceeding your monthly allotment for each food item. 
  • Check out: When you’re ready to check out, give your WIC EBT card to the cashier along with your other items. The cashier will swipe the card and deduct the cost of the WIC-approved foods from your total. 

It’s important to note that the WIC EBT card cannot be used to purchase non-food items, such as diapers or toiletries. If you have any questions about using your WIC EBT card, be sure to ask your WIC clinic for more information. 

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