WIC program transitioning from checks to debit cards

Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:20:05 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 23 2013 11:31:57 PM CDT
Wisconsin WIC moving away from paper vouchers

Federal money will help people in the "Women, Infants and Children" or WIC food program, shop a little easier.

It provides food and education to low and moderate income women and their young children.

Paper vouchers are being replaced by debit cards. Officials say on top of reducing errors and fraud, it will make it easier for participants.

Instead of having to purchase an entire list of groceries in one visit, people will be able to pick up only the items they need at the time. "So as they swipe the card or purchase maybe one gallon of milk for the card, they'll get a printout saying what is left on the card, the cereal, the milk, the juice, the peanut butter, whatever food may be left," said La Crosse Co. Nutrition Manager Jennifer Loging.

About 113,000 people in Wisconsin use the WIC program.