The electronic WIC card is now available in Crow Wing County, replacing paper vouchers and making shopping for healthy foods more efficient, discreet and less wasteful because now purchases can be made as needed instead of all the food at once, according to officials.
Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, are encouraged to download the My Minnesota WIC app, which enables participants to access information on their food benefits, receive appointment reminders, assess nutrition information and scan items in the store to see if they are approved WIC foods.
WIC is a federally funded program providing individualized nutrition education, breastfeeding education and support, and referrals to other health and community resources.
WIC benefits add up to an average of $475 to $1,600 per month. Redemption of WIC benefits results in local grocer revenue of more than $87,000 per month. Research shows WIC participants have fewer health consequences in the future, according to county officials.
WIC is available for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5. For more information and to check on eligibility, call 218-824-1073 or visit www.health.state.mn.us/forms/cfh/wicelig.