WIC transitions to electronic benefit system


GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – The Department of Agriculture is making it easier for participants to access food through the Women, Infants, and Children, or WIC, program.

States will be required to transition from paper benefits to electronic benefit systems, known as EBT. Food checks or paper vouchers will be replaced with a card.

The transition to EBT cards is expected to reduce checkout times and the potential stigma that’s associated with using food benefits.

“WIC is a very good program, said Robin Tant, Nutrition Program Director for Pitt County. “It’s an early intervention program. It serves women, infants, and children; it’s supplemental. It provides healthy foods, (and) nutrition education.”

Congress approved 220-million in federal tax dollars to help states make the transition this year.

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