WIC FAQ

  1. What is WIC?
  2. Who is eligible for WIC?
  3. What is a “nutrition risk”?
  4. Where is WIC available?
  5. Where can WIC EBT cards be used?
  6. Do I have to buy every item on the EBT card on the same day?
  7. What happens if all the WIC foods are not purchased?

1. What is WIC?

WIC is a federally funded nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children that provides the following at no cost: healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, breastfeeding support, and referrals for health care.

2. Who is eligible for WIC?

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who have recently been pregnant, infants, and children under the age of 5 years who have a low or moderate income, are at nutrition risk, and who live in South Carolina. A person is considered income-eligible for WIC if the household income is less than or equal to those listed in the WIC Income Guidelines or if the person is currently receiving Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Assistance. However, a person does not have to be on a public assistance program to qualify for WIC.

3. What is a “nutrition risk”?

A nutrition risk is a condition such as underweight, overweight, low birth weight, low hemoglobin or hematocrit, prematurity or chronic disease that is determined by a nutritionist at the local WIC office. Nutrition staff at your local clinic will determine whether you or your child are considered at nutrition risk by WIC rules.

4. Where is WIC available?

WIC is in all counties in South Carolina

5. Where can WIC EBT cards be used?

Use your WIC EBT card only at WIC approved stores in South Carolina. Ask your local WIC office for the names and addresses of the approved stores in your area.

6. Do I have to buy every item on the EBT card on the same day?

You do not have to buy all your foods at one time. Buy what you need. You can buy the amount of food shown on the WIC EBT shopping list. Substitutions of any food items are not allowed.

7. What happens if all the WIC foods are not purchased?

Will these benefits roll over to the next month? No, benefits that are not used will expire on the ending date.