eWIC has been successfully rolled out statewide! All WIC participants will receive an eWIC card to shop. Please review the videos and information below to be prepared to receive and use your new card!
WIC Videos – Learn About eWIC!
Orientation videos for new WIC participants are found below (English and Spanish):
eWIC transition videos for previous WIC participants are found below (English and Spanish):
A video explaining how to checkout with your eWIC card at the store is found below:
An informational video about maximizing WIC food benefits is found below:
What Foods are Authorized?
Wondering what foods are allowed to be purchased with your eWIC card? Click on the booklet below.
Is there a WIC app?
Yes! Click here for information about the WIC Shopper App
What Stores Accept the eWIC Card?
All WIC authorized grocery stores are ready to accept the Utah eWIC card! WIC stores should display the window cling below. Watch for this sign at your favorite grocery store. The WICShopper App also lists eWIC ready stores located near you.
I Couldn’t Buy This!
Did you find an item you couldn’t buy at the store that you believe should be a WIC approved item? Submit the item to WIC for consideration using the form below.
UPCs for packaged produce items are normally added at the store level. Please speak with a store manager or customer service if you find a produce item you could not buy with your eWIC card.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is an eWIC card?
- An eWIC card holds WIC food benefits that the participant can use at the grocery store.
- Will SNAP benefits and WIC benefits be on the
- No. The eWIC card for the WIC program will be separate from the EBT card for the SNAP program.
- Will participants still be able to use their
checks that were already printed?
- Yes. Participants will still be able to use their checks until they run out and should have no reason to switch over to an eWIC card early.
- Will the eWIC card be able to have three (3)
months’ worth of benefits loaded onto it?
- Yes. The eWIC card will have the ability to hold three (3) months’ worth of benefits. Unused benefits will expire in the same way as they do with the current check system. Participants will still have to return to the WIC clinic to receive additional benefits and nutrition education.
- Will there be one (1) card for all household
members on WIC?
- Yes. All family members on WIC in the same household will have their benefits on one (1) card. Foster children will receive their own cards. You will use this card at every appointment to add the next set of benefits. The card is not to be used and then thrown away.
- Who can change the PIN?
- Only the head of household (parent/guardian) can change the PIN for an eWIC card. This is done at the clinic.
- Do participants need to show identification with
their eWIC card at the grocery store?
- No. Identification is not required with the eWIC card at the grocery store. The PIN will be the participant’s identification for using the card.
- How will the eWIC card work at the store?
- The process will be very similar to using a debit or credit card. Participants will shop for their WIC approved items as usual. At checkout, the eWIC card will be inserted into the card reader where WIC approved items will be deducted from the balance of the benefit package on the card. Unused benefits will remain on the card and will expire the last day of the month at midnight.
- What happens if a participant loses their card?
- If a participant loses their eWIC card, it will be placed on the Hot Card List and after a 3-day waiting period the parent/guardian will be able to come into the WIC clinic with appropriate proof of identity to get a new one.
- Will retailers accept checks and eWIC cards?
- Yes. During the transition to eWIC, retailers will accept both eWIC cards and checks. Checks with valid dates should be accepted statewide.
- Can eWIC cards be used at self-checkout
- No. Technology is still under development by retailers. Utah WIC plans to allow self-checkout when stores are ready.
- Can participants shop in other states with their
Utah eWIC card?
- No. Utah eWIC cards are ONLY accepted at Utah authorized WIC retailers.
- What happens to eWIC cards of foster children
when they move to a different household?
- The eWIC card should follow the foster child. Each foster child will be assigned an eWIC card of their own. If multiple foster children reside in one household, the authorized representative may label each card with the child’s initials to keep them separated.
- Can eWIC cards be used at all stores?
- No. Utah eWIC cards can only be used at WIC authorized stores. Most Utah grocery stores accept WIC. These stores should display the Utah eWIC is Welcome decal near the store entrance.
- What should I do if an item on the WIC Approved
Food List does not get deducted from my eWIC card at checkout?
- After scanning all items, WIC-approved food items on the family’s card will be deducted from the eWIC card. Check the receipt to ensure the items are correctly deducted before pressing the key to confirm your purchase. If you find an item you couldn’t buy at the store that you believe should be a WIC approved item, submit the item to WIC for consideration using the “I couldn’t buy this” button on the WIC Shopper app. UPCs for packaged produce items are normally added at the store level. Please speak with a store manager or customer service if you find a produce item you could not buy with your eWIC card.
- What is the WICShopper Application?
- WICShopper is a specialized WIC smartphone application. The application will assist participants in identifying WIC-approved food items at the grocery store. The application will allow participants to scan an item’s Universal Product Code (UPC) to ensure that it is a WIC-approved item before checking out. Participants can link their card to the app to keep track of the balance. The application has many other features to help WIC participants get the most out of the WIC program.
- When will I get my eWIC card?
- You will receive your eWIC card at your next scheduled appointment.
- My partner and I share the shopping in our
household. May we each get a card for
the same account?
- No. Only one card is assigned per household.