Frequently Asked Questions about Shopping with a WIC Card - Minnesota Department of Health

FAQs about Shopping with a WIC Card

Minnesota WIC Program

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Why can't you purchase any brand of food with your WIC Card?

Not all brands have the same nutritional value. WIC is a nutrition program that provides foods with specific nutrients like fiber, protein, calcium and iron. The WIC-allowed foods have a lot of these particular nutrients and are "healthier" choices.

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What if the store doesn't have the brands you want?

Stores are required to carry a certain number of different brands of foods based on their size, but they are not required to carry all of the brands allowed by WIC. If they do not have the brand you want, you may need to go to another store. You can also check with a store manager to see if the store could order the food item.

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What if the store does not have all the foods that are on your WIC Card?

You can go to another WIC authorized store or you can go back to the store on another day. If you choose to go back to the store, be sure to find out from the store manager how soon the food items will be there.

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Can a store give you a "rain check" if it is out of a WIC food item?

No, a store is not allowed to give out any "rain checks" for any WIC food items.

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What if you don't want all of the foods on your WIC Card?

You do not need to purchase everything on your card at one time. But waht you want when you want it - just remember the benefits are only available until midnight on the expiration date.

Talk with your WIC staff if you would like to make changes to the foods on your card.

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What if the amount of fruit or vegetables you want to buy costs more than the dollar amount on the you WIC Card?

If the cost of the fruit/vegetables is more than the dollar amount on your WIC Card, you can pay the difference with cash, credit card or EBT.

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Can you use coupons with your WIC vouchers?

Yes. In fact, using coupons helps cut food costs allowing the WIC program to serve more people.

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Can you buy any kind of infant formula with your WIC Card?

No. You can only purchase the exact type of formula that is printed on your WIC Card.

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What if you need to exchange formula bought with your WIC Card?

Call your WIC clinic. Find WIC clinic information at: Minnesota WIC Agency Directory.

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What stores are WIC-approved?

You can search for WIC-approved grocery stores by city, county or zip code on this website. Go to: WIC Grocery Store Search?.

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Updated Tuesday, 01-Oct-2019 12:34:25 CDT