WIC Rolls Out EBT Cards
For further information contact:
Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Tribe Public Information Office
Phone: 580-723-4466 ext 217
November 28, 2017
Otoe-Missouria WIC Rolls Out New EBT Cards
By Heather Payne, Otoe-Missouria Public Information Office
The eWIC card has arrived! After five years of dedicated effort, the Otoe-Missouria Women Infant and Children now has Electronic Benefit Transfer cards for WIC benefits.
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to states and tribes for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Beginning November 27, Otoe-Missouria WIC participants are being issued EBT cards to receive their WIC Benefits. According to the Otoe-Missouria WIC Director Dawn Briner, the new cards will make access to benefits much easier for clients.
“We are very excited to be able to provide this to our participants,” Briner says. “The eWIC cards will make accessing the formula and foods that are a part of our special supplemental nutrition program so much easier for our clients.”
The WIC food packages provide supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk. WIC food packages and nutrition education are the chief means by which WIC affects the dietary quality and habits of participants.
According to Briner, by the end of February, all Otoe-Missouria WIC participants should use any checks that were issued prior to November 27, 2017. Participants will need to call to schedule an appointment at one of the five WIC clinics to receive the new eWIC cards.
Otoe-Missouria eWIC cards are accepted at a number of grocery stores in: Blackwell, Oilton, Newkirk, Hennessy, Perry, Pawnee, Cleveland, Tonkawa, Cushing, Enid, Stillwater and Ponca City.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribe WIC has five clinics to serve the community. They are located in Red Rock, Ponca City, Pawnee, Enid and Stillwater.
The Otoe-Missouria WIC is an equal opportunity provider. All services are open to applicants regardless of race, religion, creed or sexual orientation. More information about the Otoe-Missouria WIC program is available on www.omtribe.org.