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Seward County WIC
WIC Program Improves Customer Service
Liberal— May 2, 2018 — 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 Liberal will start receiving cards starting May 2, 2018. Statewide rollout of the new eWIC cards will be completed by June 1, 2018.
Currently, participants of WIC, a program of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s, Division of Public Health, use paper checks to buy the healthy WIC foods. Now, with the new 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.
WIC provides services at over 100 clinic sites throughout Kansas and serves 53 thousand 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 with their WIC food benefits.
In Seward County, apx. 1,200 women, infants and children use WIC and 4 local grocery stores partner in providing healthy foods to participants. "eWIC will be great because it will make shopping for WIC food benefits more convenient and easier for WIC participants and cashiers," said Tiffani Krause, Seward County WIC Coordinator. "It will also simplify enrollment and participation in the WIC program. The Seward County WIC program is really excited to bring eWIC to our community.” Susan Lukwago a local spokesperson for Seward County WIC, states that “WIC is excited to offer a new, convenient way for our families to shop.”
WIC, officially titled the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, 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 county. Seward County WIC has appointment openings. For more information about WIC, visit https://www.sewardcountyks.org/111/WIC-Services or call (620) 626-3262