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New Smartphone App for WIC Users
Author: Lisa Wittorff
Posted: April 19, 2017
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) just announced a smartphone application called eWIC aimed at making the WIC recipient's shopping experience more convenient (for both the user and the grocer), less stigmatized, more educational, and puts more control in the hands of the WIC recipient. By using eWIC, one can:
  • Check their available WIC benefit balance
  • Scan product bar-codes using their smartphone to determine if an item is WIC-eligible
  • See a list of eligible foods and allowable sizes and more
Hopefully this can help reduce those awkward moments at the checkout when an item chosen isn't WIC-eligible or one doesn't have a sufficient balance.  
ABOUT WIC:
WIC is the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. This public health program is designed to improve health outcomes and influence lifetime nutrition and health behaviors in targeted, at-risk populations. Nutrition education is the cornerstone of the WIC Program. 
WIC provides supplemental foods, healthcare referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
WANT TO KNOW IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE??:
WIC is a federal program under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They offer a pre-screening tool to help determine eligibility. However,....
The CISFS partners with Outreach Specialists from Multnomah County DHS and Impact NW to provide assistance to PSU students to determine eligibility for SNAP benefits (food stamps) and/or WIC. Specialists meet with students in a confidential, stigma-free environment in our very own Learning Center on the second floor of the Millar Library.  Office hours are on a walk-in, first-come-first-served basis, Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. during the term. Office hours are subject to change. Contact the Learning Center at 503.725.4448 for the most up-to-date information.
If you have questions or need assistance, email foodhelp@pdx.edu. A member of the CISFS will get back to you as soon as possible.