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:
For more information about these and other requirements, policies and procedures, download the WIC Vendor Manual (pdf) or call (800) 922-4406.
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.
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:
The SC WIC Program anticipates implementation of WIC EBT in 2018.
If you have any questions regarding SC WIC EBT, please contact Philip Kidder at (803) 240-6708.