WIC program benefits now available electronically via new card and app

AMSTERDAM — The Legal aid Society of Northeastern New York which serves Fulton and Montgomery counties, has announced several updates to the New York State Women, Infants and Children program called eWIC, according to a news release.

With eWIC, benefits are now provided electronically, making shopping with WIC easier and more convenient.

The WIC benefits are loaded onto the eWIC card at the WIC clinic appointment. The eWIC card is used just like a debit card at the grocery store, letting participants buy food when it works best for them rather than all at once.

Another benefit of eWIC is a new app called WIC2Go that lets participants check their WIC benefit balance right from their phone. This app also allows participants to scan foods to see if they are WIC-approved, look up WIC-approved stores and local WIC clinics, and see their next WIC appointment.

WIC may be able to help those who are pregnant, a new mom or have children under age 5, or are fathers, grandparents or caregivers of children under age 5. WIC provides nutritious food, breastfeeding support, nutrition education, and referrals to other services.

There are many families who are eligible for WIC but are not participating.

To learn more about WIC eligibility, contact the local WIC help specialist. The WIC help specialists provide one-on-one services to help connect eligible pregnant women and families with young children to WIC. These services are free and confidential.

To find a WIC help specialist: WIC help NY — Hunger Solutions New York.

By Josh Bovee

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