WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a nutrition program in the United States that provides eligible low-income women, infants, and children with food and nutrition education. WIC participants receive monthly vouchers or checks to purchase specific foods that meet their nutritional needs.
Here’s how to use WIC vouchers:
- Get authorized: You must be a WIC program participant to receive vouchers. If you’re eligible, your WIC clinic will issue you a food package, which will specify the type and amount of foods you’re authorized to purchase with your vouchers.
- Know what foods you can buy: WIC vouchers 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 vouchers, you can use them to purchase WIC-approved foods at authorized retailers such as grocery stores, supermarkets, and farmers’ markets. Be sure to bring your vouchers with you to the store.
- Follow the guidelines: Each voucher specifies the amount and type of food you can purchase, so be sure to follow these guidelines. For example, you may be authorized to purchase a certain type of milk, or a specific brand of cereal.
- Check out: When you’re ready to check out, give your WIC vouchers to the cashier along with your other items. The cashier will deduct the cost of the WIC-approved foods from your total.
It’s important to note that WIC vouchers cannot be used to purchase non-food items, such as diapers or toiletries. If you have any questions about using your WIC vouchers, be sure to ask your WIC clinic for more information.