Local WIC recipients taking advantage of new electronic benefits card

The WIC staff members – Bevin Neeley, breastfeeding counselor; Nancy Anstey, WIC clerk; Diana Moore, WIC coordinator; Keshia Harris, WIC clerk; and Shera Lyn Schwindt, dietitian – at Flint Hills Community Health Center show off the new electronic benefit transaction card. FHCHC courtesy photo.

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A new way to shop for WIC food benefits is allowing local recipients the opportunity to spread those purchases out.

Starting last month, the local Women, Infants and Children public health nutrition program started rolling out electronic benefit transaction cards. The cards replace the WIC checks issued once a month to those who qualify. Diana Moore, WIC Coordinator at the Flint Hills Community Health Center says the electronic cards will cut down on food waste or spoilage.

Moore says participants also have access to the WICShopper Smart Phone App.

More than 800 women, infants and children in Lyon County participate in the WIC program and WIC benefits are available at four partnering local grocery stores to provide healthy foods to participants. Moore explains how people can find out if they qualify.

WIC has appointment openings in Lyon, Chase and Coffey counties. For more information, visit the Flint Hills Community Health Center, 420 W. 15th Ave. in Emporia or call 620-342-4864. Information can also be found at kansaswic.org.

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