WIC - Important Vendor Information

IMPORTANT VENDOR NEWS!

Updated: December 27, 2016

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


MN WIC Program

Maximum Price Lists Updated

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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New 2017-2018 Shopping Guide Effective March 1, 2017

The 2017-2018 Shopping Guide is being updated and there will be a number of changes that will occur beginning March 1, 2017. The revised Shopping Guides will be sent to stores in February 2017. More information about the shopping guide changes will appear in the January edition of the WIC Matters Newsletter for Vendors.

Among the biggest changes to the Shopping Guide are the following:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables (including canned tomatoes) will be phased out as WIC allowed between March 1st and June 1st. Once this transition is complete, only fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables will be allowed.
  • Bulk foods will no longer be WIC allowed after June 1, 2017. This includes bulk oats, bulk brown rice and bulk dry beans, peas or lentils.
  • 14 ounce packages of instant brown rice will no longer be WIC allowed after June 1st. Due to the whole grain wording change on the vouchers (see below), all WIC allowed whole grain items must be in a 16 ounce package only.
  • The following new baby food products will be allowed:

• BeechNut Naturals 4 oz jars
• Tippy Toes Organic 4 oz jars
• Tippy Toes 2-packs of 4 oz tubs
• Earth's Best 4 oz jars
• Tippy Toes Organic Meats
• Wild Harvest Organic Meats

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Change to Wording for Whole Grains on WIC Voucher effective March 1, 2017

Currently, WIC vouchers with a whole grain option list one of the two options noted below:

"(16 oz) WIC-allowed Bread, Tortillas or Pasta" or "(14 to 16 oz.) pkg Brown Rice OR (16 oz.) Oats"

Beginning March 1, 2017, vouchers printed with a whole grain option will have new wording. Instead of one of the two whole grain options listed above, vouchers will list:

"(16 oz) WIC-allowed Whole Grain Item".

When this change occurs next year, WIC customers will be able to choose any of the whole grain options WIC provides. Whole grain options are: whole wheat bread, whole wheat tortillas, corn tortillas, brown rice, oats, and whole wheat pasta. All 16 ounce whole grain products that are currently WIC allowed will still be WIC allowed. However, 14 ounce instant brown rice will no longer be able to be purchased next year once this change is fully implemented.

Because WIC participants receive up to 3 months' worth of vouchers at a time, there will be a 3 month period when vouchers with the current wording and the new wording will be in use. During this period, both vouchers will be valid and should be honored at stores. The transition to the new wording on all vouchers will be complete by June 1, 2017.

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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 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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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 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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Information below was updated on or before 10/14/2015.

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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Information below was updated on or before 9/29/2015.

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 7/16/2014.

Sign up for UPC/Product Updates

The online UPC listing of the WIC-allowed foods is frequently revised. Revisions identify new brands, discontinued products and product changes sent to us by the manufacturers. Changes made to the list are compiled on an Update page and posted to our website. We encourage you to update your scanning system as soon as possible to reflect the changes. These Update pages can be found on the website at:

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

If you would like to receive notification when these UPC changes are posted to our website, please send an email to: karilyn.schrankler@state.mn.us.

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