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Info for WIC Vendors

WIC-authorized vendors play an important role in helping to improve the health of South Carolinians. 

The WIC Program provides specific nutritious foods in quantities tailored to meet the needs of each participant. Participants purchase recommended foods using negotiable WIC checks in grocery stores, military commissaries and pharmacies that are approved to accept the checks. 

Through its vendor selection process, the S.C. WIC Program is committed to providing adequate service to participants at the lowest possible cost. The program authorizes only a sufficient number and distribution of vendors to assure reasonable participant convenience and access and permit effective management of the program. 

The criteria for a vendor to be authorized include:

  • Submission of a vendor application
  • Meeting all selection criteria
  • Stocking the required WIC foods and/or infant formulas (see below)
  • Selling the required WIC foods and infant formulas at competitive prices

For more information about these and other requirements, policies and procedures, download the WIC Vendor Manual (pdf) or call (800) 922-4406.

WIC-Approved Foods

Selection Process

Each year, DHEC uses federal requirements to develop a list of foods that WIC participants can select and purchase using their WIC checks.

The WIC Food Products Specifications brochure contains the criteria and guidelines used to approve WIC foods.

The WIC Food Guide is a brochure that outlines the foods authorized by the South Carolina WIC Program. However, we've updated the food list some since publication of the brochure. View our Eligible Foods page.

Important Dates
  • March 1 – Deadline to submit food products for consideration. Send submissions to wicfoodrequest@dhec.sc.gov
  • May – DHEC conducts the food product review and evaluation
  • October 1 – WIC Food Guide containing the approved food items becomes available.
Remember, Food Must Meet Requirements
  • Food products must be commercially available in South Carolina for one year prior to eligibility consideration with no distribution, recall or documented health problems.
  • Food products must comply with applicable local, state, and federal laws.
  • All foods must comply with FDA Standards of Identity as explained in the Code of Federal Regulations.

EBT

Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that replaces paper checks with a card for food benefit issuance and redemption at authorized WIC stores. The benefits of WIC EBT include:

  • It's easier to use and more secure than paper checks
  • Only one card is needed for the entire family group
  • The store checkout process is faster
  • Vendor staff training is reduced as WIC approved foods are identified by UPC/PLU codes
  • It provides faster payment to the vendor

September 2016 Update:

  • Implementation of WIC EBT is now planned for the third quarter of 2019. 
  • Vendors will be asked to provide updated store and system information via a vendor survey.
  • We anticipate technical information about interfacing store systems with our EBT processor will be available starting in October 2016.

If you have any questions regarding SC WIC EBT, please contact Philip Kidder at (803) 240-6708.