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Get ready for e-WIC in April

A healthy start can make a big difference to the youngest residents of Wadena County, and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is making it easier for those kids to get the nutrition they need.

WIC is a federal program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, babies and children up to age 5 stay healthy. It provides nutrition education, special counseling for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, access to healthy foods through the use of food vouchers and referral to other County services.

Since the 1970s, the WIC program has worked mostly the same way. Eligible mothers and their children come to a WIC clinic every three months to get paper vouchers to use to purchase healthy food, similar to how you use checks. The paper vouchers have become burdensome and a new system will begin April 22, 2019 at Wadena County WIC clinics. Instead of using paper vouchers, each family will be given an e-WIC card that works much like a debit card. Families will be able to swipe their card, and the benefits are automatically applied to only WIC eligible purchases. The e-WIC card will create a better shopping experience for WIC clients and make it easier to store staff.

Look for the new e-WIC card coming in April and remember that when kids get a healthy start, there are fewer medical costs down the road, which saves money for all of us. If you have questions about the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, contact Wadena County at 218-631-7629.