Lebanon Countians enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) will have a new, more convenient means to purchase nutritious food.
Last month, the Wolf Administration unveiled the new eWIC program that will make it easier for those enrolled to purchase food.
“Families in Southcentral Pennsylvania will now be able to use the eWIC card instead of a paper check to purchase nutritious food,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in the release.
Previously, a paper check had to be used by WIC families. This meant that all purchase had to be made on one monthly trip to the grocery store.
The new eWIC card allows families to go to the store and make purchases on as many trips needed.
“This further expansion of the WIC program allows us to continue our mission to ensure Pennsylvania has healthy moms and healthy kids,” said Levine.
At the moment, eWIC are available in Adams, Bedford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Somerset, Snyder, Union, and York. The eWIC card will be available in additional counties come November.
“Those who are already enrolled should set up an appointment to visit the WIC office and they will be set up for eWIC at that time,” said Department of Health Press Secretary Nate Wardle in an email to LebTown. “At the same time, we encourage anyone who is eligible for WIC, but is not participating, to take advantage of this new, convenient opportunity.”
The Pennsylvania WIC program has been around for forty-five years and currently services 250,000 pregnant women, infants, and children under age 5 at 250 locations.
Find more information about the WIC program here on the state’s website.
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