WIC - Important Vendor Information

IMPORTANT VENDOR NEWS!

Updated: May 31, 2017

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


Maximum Price Lists Updated for May, 2017

The most current maximum price lists, including the medical formula price list, can be accessed from the following webpage:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/guidelines.html

If you have questions, please contact Rick Chiat at (651) 201-4401 or by email at: rick.chiat@state.mn.us.

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Reminder of Foods No Longer Allowed Beginning July 1, 2017

Beginning July 1, 2017 the following foods will no longer be WIC allowed:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables, including canned tomatoes
  • 14 oz brown rice
  • Bulk items - oats, brown rice, beans, peas and lentils
  • Cheese in packages larger than 16 ounces

*Note: Canned beans (such as kidney, pinto, black, navy, red, garbanzo etc.) listed on a standard WIC voucher will still be WIC allowed.

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Updated Materials Now Available

Materials have been updated to reflect the WIC allowed food changes to the 2017-2018 MN WIC Shopping Guide. This includes:

  • The MN WIC Shopping Guide translated to Spanish
  • The one page laminated food guide for cashiers (this is available in both English and Spanish)
  • Shelf label packets

Materials can be ordered online at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/ordering.html

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UPC/Product Updates Posted

The latest updates to the WIC-Allowed Foods are posted on our website. UPC updates can be found at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/upc/index.html

Once on this page, click on the following section found near the top of the page:

Update Section for UPC/Product Listing

The newest updates are at the top of the list.

If you would like to receive notification when these UPC changes are posted to our website, or if you have any questions regarding the WIC-Allowed Foods, please contact Karilyn Schrankler at: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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Information below was updated on or before 2/7/17.

MN WIC Program

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors January 2017 Edition

The January 2017 Edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors has recently been mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition includes information on the food change and voucher wording changes beginning March 6, 2017. The newsletter can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/01_2017.pdf

Previous newsletters are found online at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newsletters.html

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2017-2108 MN WIC Shopping Guide Effective March 6, 2017

The MN WIC Shopping Guide has been updated and is effective March 6, 2017. Shopping guides will be sent to all stores in February. The updated shopping guide can be previewed on line at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/fpchng/2017shopguide.pdf

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Information below was updated on or before 12/27/2016.

WIC MATTERS Newsletter for Vendors September 2016 Edition

The September 2016 edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors has recently been mailed out to every retail food vendor in the State. This edition includes:

  • A special training section for cashiers and store staff
  • Results from the 2016 WIC vendor survey
  • WIC vendor reauthorization information
  • Information on the next Shelf Price Survey Due October 25, 2016
  • Updates on eWIC, the Rules and the MN WIC My Food Finder App
  • Information on the new shelf labels available
  • Upcoming changes to voucher wording

This training edition of the newsletter includes important training information that should be The newsletter can be viewed online at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/comm/newletters/03_2016.pdf

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Information below was updated on or before 10/13/2016.

Shelf Labels with Blank Space for Price

A new shelf label is now available that identifies an item as WIC allowed and has a space for the store to enter a price for that item. An example of this label is found below and is available to order from our website at:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/cfh/connect/index.cfm?cmd=forms.vendor

New shelf label with MN WIC Allowed and dollar sign

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New Online Cashier Training Module Available

Looking for a new resource to help train your cashiers? Try the new "Accepting WIC Vouchers" module. The module is interactive and will help teach cashiers everything they need to know about WIC, including how to tell if foods are WIC allowed, how to transact WIC vouchers, and how to provide excellent customer service to WIC customers. The module is available on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/wic/vendor/training/modules/index.html

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An updated list of the distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers authorized to supply WIC allowed infant formulas is now available on our website at: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/formulasrcs.pdf.

Please note: WIC vendors can only buy infant formula from the authorized suppliers on this updated list.

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New Webpage with eWIC Information

There is a new section on the Minnesota WIC website with information about eWIC. You can click on the tab on the main vendor webpage titled "eWIC Information for Vendors" or click on the following link: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/ewic/index.html

This webpage contains information on the process of implementing eWIC in Minnesota and includes a Frequently Asked Questions section that is updated as questions are received from vendors around the state.

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Information below was updated on or before 6/23/2016.

Updated List of Authorized Suppliers of WIC-Allowed Infant Formulas

An updated list of the distributors, wholesalers and manufacturers authorized to supply WIC allowed infant formulas is now available on our website at:

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fh/wic/vendor/rqrmnts/formulasrcs.pdf.

Please note: WIC vendors can only buy infant formula from the authorized suppliers on this updated list.

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