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Local Nutrition Program is Now Easier to Use

Effective April 18, 2018, Gaston County WIC or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program began using NC eWIC cards to replace paper vouchers. This card will work like a debit card at the checkout and participants can use a smartphone app to check their card balance or review WIC approved foods.

 WIC provides supplemental nutritious foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and referrals to health care and community resources to participants.  Traditionally, the program has issued paper vouchers for use in purchasing healthy foods like milk, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins to supplement the nutrition of pregnant women, infants and young children. The eWIC rollout will make it even easier for participants to access healthy foods.

 “We are so excited to help launch eWIC in Gaston County,” said WIC Program Supervisor Kristi Shuping. “Cards will be easier and more convenient for both our participants and vendors. Clients will no longer have to separate their WIC foods from other purchases, and the eWIC system will let participants and cashiers at checkout know which foods are WIC authorized. It will also reduce stigma for clients as they look like other debit or credit cards. This is a great move forward for the WIC program and we hope more low-income mothers will take advantage of this great resource!”

 The WIC Program is available at the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services, 991 W. Hudson Blvd.  You may apply for the WIC Program Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The Program also has Tuesday and Thursday hours at their Social Services Division office at 330 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way; appointments are available between 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Call 704-853-5100 to make an appointment or with questions.

 To be eligible a person must:

  • Be a pregnant woman; a breastfeeding woman who has had a baby in the last 12 months; a woman who has had a baby in the last six months; an infant; or a child up to the fifth birthday;
  • Reside in North Carolina and in the health delivery area of the WIC agency;
  • Meet the income eligibility scale – The gross annual household income cannot exceed 1855 of the Federal poverty income guidelines –All Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services (SNAP) and Work First recipients meet the WIC eligibility criteria; and
  • Have an identified nutritional risk as determined by a health professional.  Nutritional problems include anemia, poor growth, previous poor pregnancy outcome, inadequate dietary intake and other nutrition related health problems.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.