eWIC makes it easier for families to get healthful food

From: Scott Anderson, Clackamas County Public & Government Affairs, 503-655-8752

Media and Interested Parties: Tri-County Joint Press Release

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) programs of Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties are launching a new method for families to get WIC foods. "eWIC" provides families with EBT (electronic benefit transaction) cards, replacing the paper vouchers currently used to get WIC-approved foods such as milk, eggs, produce and baby food.

WIC programs in Linn and Benton counties were the first to pilot this new card, which they started using in September 2015. By the end of 2016, all Oregon counties will use the eWIC cards.

"eWIC will be great because it will make shopping for WIC food benefits more convenient and easier for WIC participants and cashiers," said Julie Aalbers, Clackamas County WIC Manager. "It will also simplify enrollment and participation in the WIC program. The Clackamas County WIC program is really excited to bring eWIC to our community."

Participants can also download a new WICShopper smart phone app that allows them to scan an item's bar code to determine if it is a WIC-allowed food.

In 2014, approximately 200 participating grocery stores across the three counties took in more than $21 million from WIC shoppers.

WIC is one of the most successful, cost-effective and important nutrition intervention programs. In addition to helping families get healthful food, WIC also offers nutrition education classes and breastfeeding support, including peer support groups for moms and their babies.

WIC provides services at 14 locations throughout the tri-county area, serving more than 55,000 low-income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women and their infants and children up to five years old.

Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington County WIC programs all have openings for participants. For eligibility requirements or other information, contact your WIC office directly:

Clackamas County WIC (six locations) starts using eWIC today, Feb. 1.
Media Contact: Scott Anderson, 503-655-8752, sanderson@clackamas.us

Multnomah County WIC (five locations) started using eWIC on Jan. 25.
Media Contact: Julie Sullivan-Springhetti, 503-709-9858, Julie.sullivan-springhetti@multco.us

Washington County WIC (three locations) starts using eWIC on Feb. 8.
Media Contact: Wendy Gordon, 503-846-3634, wendy_gordon@co.washington.or.us