WIC Shopper App Accessible to Assist Households

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: January 18 2023 Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Data Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936,…

WIC Shopper App Accessible to Assist Households

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: January 18 2023

Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Data Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936, (406) 461-3757
                 jebelt@mt.gov
                Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391, (406) 461-8367
                 hcouncil@mt.gov

Division of Public Well being and Human Providers (DPHHS) officers are reminding Montanans the free Girls, Infants, and Kids (WIC) Shopper App is on the market to assist households with their grocery purchasing.

“We wish to make sure that WIC recipients have what they want, and the app is without doubt one of the most important instruments that’s accessible to assist busy households,” stated Kevin Moore of the Montana WIC Program.  “The app contains many thrilling options geared toward bettering the general purchasing expertise and modernizes how we’re delivering companies.”

The WIC Shopper App has varied options to assist individuals higher entry their advantages and the accessible meals gadgets. The app permits customers to: 

  • Scan the barcode to seek for WIC meals record eligible gadgets
  • Examine advantages
  • Find WIC places of work
  • Discover training about developmental milestones
  • Seek for recipes and life hacks for nutritious consuming

“The WIC Shopper App has been a giant assist as we attempt to take advantage of our household funds,” stated Sabrina Rubich, Billings resident and WIC Participant. “ It helps observe advantages and contains nice recipes. I extremely advocate the app to different households receiving WIC advantages.”

On common, over 6,500 households use the app each month.

DPHHS can also be reminding Montanans that advantages elevated in September 2022. The U.S. Division of Agriculture (USDA), which funds WIC, elevated the month-to-month profit to purchase extra fruit and greens.

Households will now obtain $25 monthly for kids as much as age 5, $44 for these pregnant, postpartum, or partially breastfeeding, and $49 for many who are absolutely breastfeeding, for fruit and veggies. On common, this quantities to a month-to-month profit improve of 37% for Montana households. The final time the profit quantities skilled this huge of improve was in 2009. 

WIC in Montana contains 29 native companies and over 80 clinic websites serving all 56 counties and 7 tribal reservations. In Montana, over 9,200 households are enrolled, benefiting over 14,000 ladies, infants, and youngsters. Nonetheless, solely 55% of eligible households are signed up.

WIC eligibility requires individuals to be pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, or fostering/authorized guardians of youngsters youthful than 5. Members should additionally meet earnings necessities—making lower than 185% of the Federal Poverty Degree or qualify for Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, or free/diminished faculty meal applications. Particular  WIC eligibility tips may be discovered on the DPHHS web site. 

WIC was created in 1974 to assist households and younger kids throughout a crucial time of development and growth. This system’s advantages embrace offering households entry to wholesome meals, breastfeeding training, referral to different well being and social companies, and rather more. WIC is a voluntary program, and participation doesn’t intrude with different applications like SNAP or Medicaid.  

To study extra about WIC or discover out if you’re eligible, go to  www.dphhs.mt.gov/ecfsd/wic/index. Households also can contact their native WIC clinic or go to  www.signupwic.com [signupwic.com]. The state workplace could also be reached at 1-800-433-4298 or emailed at  montanawicprogram@mt.gov. 

WIC Shopper App Accessible to Assist Households