WIC-authorized vendors play an important role in helping to improve the health of South Carolinians.
The Women, Infants and Children (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:
For more information about these and other requirements, policies and procedures, download the WIC Vendor Manual (pdf) or call (800) 922-4406.
The WIC Food Products Specifications (pdf) 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. Here is the most current list of approved foods:
Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) is an electronic system that replaces paper checks with a card for food benefit issuance and redemption at authorized WIC grocery stores. There are several benefits of moving from WIC checks to WIC EBT.
The South Carolina WIC Program anticipates implementation of WIC EBT in 2017.
If you have any questions regarding SC WIC EBT, please contact Shey Walley at (803) 898-0394.