WIC - Important Vendor Information

IMPORTANT VENDOR NEWS!

Updated: February 7, 2017

Information for WIC-Allowed Grocery Stores & Pharmacies


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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Updated Materials Available Soon

Other materials are being 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 will be available in both English and Spanish)
  • Shelf label packets

We will let stores know when these materials are available to order.

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Updated Medical Formula Price List February 2017

The Medical Formula Price List has been updated to reflect the following price changes:

  • Ensure Clear - apple and peach discontinued, UPCs removed
  • Price changes for Similac Neosure RTF quarts and 13.1 oz. powder

This updated list can be found on our website at:

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

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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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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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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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.

State Rules Update

As part of our ongoing work to update the state rules that govern the Minnesota WIC Program, we published a Request for Comments in the Minnesota State Register on May 2, 2016, inviting members of the public to review and propose changes to the WIC Program rules. We sent a copy of this Request for Comments to all of our retail food vendors. It can also be accessed at the following link: www.comm.media.state.mn.us/bookstore/stateregister/40_44.pdf.

We are continuing to meet with the members of our Vendor Advisory Group to review and discuss our proposals, and to obtain their feedback. When we have compiled a final draft of the proposed amendments, we will publish another notice in the State Register, and will send all of you a copy of the publication.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related to the Minnesota WIC Rules, we encourage you to contact Mary Rogness at mary.rogness@state.mn.us.

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WIC EBT (eWIC) Webinar for Retail Stores Now Available

A webinar that presents information on Minnesota's future plans for implementing a WIC EBT system, known as eWIC, is now available through a link on our web site.

A recording of the webinar made by Ellen Thompson from Maximus, our eWIC planning contractor, can be accessed at the following link:

http://cc.readytalk.com/play?id=870xfv

When you go to this link, you will need to fill in your name and click on the "submit" button. You will then be connected to the recorded webinar.

If you have any questions or comments about eWIC, please contact us at: health.wicvendor@state.mn.us.

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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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