The Arkansas WIC Program relies on grocery stores (WIC vendors) as a partner to provide effective and convenient means for participants to obtain WIC foods. The program provides participants with WIC Food Checks for specific quantities and types of foods and Cash Value Benefits (CVB) for fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables. These checks contain food prescriptions designed to meet the nutritional needs of the WIC participant, promote healthy birth outcomes, and promote the growth and development of children. Authorized WIC vendors accept these checks and CVBs in exchange for the WIC food items. WIC vendors process the checks and CVBs in accordance with the Arkansas WIC Program Vendor Handbook and Program Information.
In order to participate as in WIC the vendor must be authorized to accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits and be a Full Service Grocery Store. In addition, the annual sales of WIC Food items cannot be more than 50% of the vendor's total food sales. Vendors must also participate in training prior to authorization to ensure WIC transactions are handled appropriately. Vendors are also monitored routinely and subject to undercover compliance buys.
The WIC program is the process of preparing for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) System. Additional information regarding EBT can be found at this link. http://www.healthy.arkansas.gov/programsServices/WIC/Pages/EBTSystem.aspx#1
The WIC Vendor Management Office can be reached by contacting the State WIC Office at 501-661-2508. E-mail can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org