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Eagle County WIC improves food shopping experience for participants

Contact: Jennie Wahrer, Public Health, 970-328-2604, jennie.wahrer@eaglecounty.us 

Sept. 30, 2016 — Eagle County Public Health and Environment will now offer families who participate in Colorado’s nutrition program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) a new way to purchase food. 

Beginning Oct. 4, families enrolled in the Eagle County WIC program will receive a debit-style card called eWIC, which allows participants to purchase as many or as few WIC foods as they need each time they shop. Previously WIC only provided vouchers or “checks” that required all food to be purchased at one time. 

“We’re excited to offer this new and convenient way for our families to shop and have access to nutritious, healthy foods,” said Maternal and Child Health Manager Jennie Wahrer. “eWIC is a breakthrough in shopping convenience for our WIC families living in Eagle County.”

Additional benefits of the eWIC debit card system include:
•    Participants are no longer required to visit the clinic to receive new food allocations.
•    Increases efficiency while reducing confusion and customer distress in the checkout line.
•    Eliminates the need for store cashiers to identify WIC-eligble food. The stores’ UPC code database now makes the purchase of WIC foods simple and fast.

In Eagle County, 880 women, infants and children use WIC. Each enrolled household receives one eWIC card that’s linked to an electronic account Eagle County can easily track a family’s WIC food allowance, deduct food as it is purchased and add allocated food each month. 

Eagle County WIC has been offering participant-centered nutrition education, healthy food, breastfeeding support and health referrals for thirty plus years. WIC is the nation’s premier public health program, improving the health, growth and development of children by providing important nutrition information and food benefits. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than half of infants in the U.S. participate in WIC.

For more information about WIC, go to www.ColoradoWIC.com or www.eaglecounty.us/PublicHealth/Maternal_and_Child_Health/Women,_Infants,_Children_(WIC).