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Thursday, April 26, 2018

WIC program transitioning to EBT payments

By Oct. 1, 2020, all U.S. states, territories and 34 recognized tribal organizations will be required to replace paper checks or vouchers with electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards for qualified recipients of the federally funded grant program known as WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP) for Women, Infants and Children.

Established under Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, WIC became a permanent program of the U.S Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service in 1974. According to USDA FNS data, nearly 7.3 million women, infants and children received an average $41.24 in monthly WIC benefits during fiscal year 2017. Benefits were administered by 90 State agencies, which covered more than $3.6 billion in annual food costs.

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