Can I Use WIC To Shop Online

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal program that provides supplemental food and nutrition assistance to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to children up to age 5. WIC benefits can be used to purchase a variety of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and milk. WIC also provides nutrition education and counseling to participants. WIC benefits can be used at authorized WIC grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Some WIC programs also offer online shopping options. To find out if your local WIC program offers online shopping, contact your local WIC office.

WIC-Approved Online Retailers

Yes, you can use WIC to shop online with certain WIC-approved retailers. Here’s what you need to know:

Online WIC Shopping Guidelines

  • Only WIC-eligible foods can be purchased online with WIC.
  • You must have a valid WIC eWIC card to shop online.
  • You will need to create an account with the WIC-approved online retailer.
  • When checking out, select “WIC” as your payment method and enter your eWIC card information.

WIC-Approved Online Retailers


Eligibility Requirements for WIC Online Shopping

To be eligible for WIC online shopping, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a WIC participant in good standing
  • Have a valid WIC ID card
  • Live in a state that offers WIC online shopping
  • Have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection
  • Be able to create an account with the WIC online shopping vendor

In addition, some states may have additional eligibility requirements, such as:

  • Being a first-time WIC participant
  • Having a child under the age of 5
  • Being pregnant or breastfeeding
StateEligibility Requirements
CaliforniaMust be a first-time WIC participant
New YorkMust have a child under the age of 5
TexasMust be pregnant or breastfeeding

Using WIC Benefits at Online Checkouts

Unfortunately, WIC benefits cannot currently be used to shop online. WIC is a government-funded program that provides nutritional support to low-income women, infants, and children. The program is administered by state and local agencies, and benefits are typically distributed in the form of vouchers or checks that can be used at authorized WIC vendors. WIC benefits cannot be used to purchase food online because the program requires that participants physically present their vouchers or checks at the checkout counter.

However, there are some workarounds that may allow you to use your WIC benefits to purchase food online. For example, you may be able to use your WIC benefits to purchase a gift card from an authorized WIC vendor, and then use the gift card to purchase food online. Alternatively, you may be able to find an online grocery store that accepts WIC checks or vouchers as payment. However, it is important to note that these workarounds may not be available in all cases, and it is always best to check with your local WIC agency to see if they offer any online options.

Benefits of WIC Online Shopping

  • Convenience: Shop from home, saving time and transportation costs.
  • Access to a wider variety of items: Online retailers often have a larger selection than in-store locations.
  • Easier tracking of WIC purchases: Online retailers can provide a complete record of your purchases for easier tracking.

Limitations of WIC Online Shopping

  • Not all WIC-authorized retailers offer online shopping.
  • Shipping costs may apply, which can add to the overall cost of your purchase.
  • Limited availability of fresh produce and other perishable items online.
ConvenienceNot all WIC-authorized retailers offer online shopping
Wider variety of itemsShipping costs
Easier tracking of WIC purchasesLimited availability of fresh produce

Well, there you have it, folks! Now you know all about using WIC benefits online. If you have any more questions, be sure to check out the WIC website or give them a call. Thanks for reading, and be sure to visit again soon for more helpful information on all things WIC!