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eWIC

What is eWIC?

eWIC is short for "electronic WIC", meaning the new eWIC cards (shown below). Prior to June 1, 2016 WIC benefits were issued to participants in the program through WIC checks. The Iowa WIC Program began piloting eWIC on October 25, 2015 and completed statewide roll-out on May 31, 2016. The Iowa WIC Program began issuing WIC benefits exclusively on the eWIC card on June 1, 2016. 

eWIC Requirements for WIC Vendors

The USDA/FNS provides two publications that govern WIC EBT processing standards for all entities involved. These are the Operating Rules for WIC EBT and the Technical Implementation Guide (TIG). The Operating Rules address the operation of WIC EBT for all entities, including: retail system vendors, WIC Vendors, Acquirers and Processors. The TIG consists of the implementation guidelines of the X9.93 standards and specifications for processing WIC EBT transactions. If you are an Iowa WIC Vendor, these documents contain the information you will need to provide to your cash register system/point-of-sale support to integrate WIC EBT into your existing system. 

Resellers

The following is a list of VARs/Resellers that offer ECR systems with TPP pathways which are pre-certified for conducting eWIC transactions in the state of Iowa. While you may select to contract with one of these providers, you are not limited to those shown here. The Iowa WIC Program does have a process for certifying other providers to conduct eWIC transactions. Only systems that pass the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Capability Assessment as outlined in the Vendor Guidance will be certified for eWIC transactions. 

For more information about WIC, call 1-800-532-1579 or (515) 281-6650. You may also use the Contact Us system to send us a question online.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

Read the full USDA Non-Discrimination Statement and to learn how to file a complaint.