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WIC COVID-19 Update
The Georgia WIC Team continues to streamline processes, explore flexible options and request waivers, of USDA FNS, necessary to expedite and facilitate WIC services in light of the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Approval for a waiver of physical presence has been granted along with the ability to issue benefits remotely. Other waiver requests are continuously being submitted. Although Georgia WIC has received several waivers from USDA, planning of processes and policies to implement the usage of these waivers must be completed. WIC Clinics and authorized WIC Vendors (Grocery stores) will be notified once this has been completed and the waivers can be implemented.
WIC values the safety of every applicant and participant, therefore social distancing practices are in place to minimize in-person contact. The Georgia WIC Gateway Customer Portal is open and receiving online applications for WIC Services. Opening the Customer Portal helps reduce the need for participants and applicants to go into a WIC Clinic to receive services where remote services are available.
If you are interested in receiving services, complete a WIC online application at the Georgia Gateway website (Apply on Georgia Gateway). Eligible applicants will be contacted by a local clinic to set up an appointment (remote where available) to complete the Nutrition Assessment and provide benefits for Georgia WIC Healthy Foods.
As we continue to work through current circumstances, please know that our aim is to ensure that every action minimizes barriers for the citizens of Georgia. Georgia WIC is here for you and will make every effort to provide platinum customer service during this time of need. Please contact your local WIC Clinic for adjusted COVID-19 services available in your area. See a list of USDA approved waivers for Georgia.
Georgia WIC COVID-19 FAQs
Help When Help is Needed
The Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Program is a federally-funded health and nutrition program© for:
- Infants and Children age 1 to 5 years (including foster children)
- Pregnant Women
- Breastfeeding Mothers (up to 1 year)
- Postpartum Women (up to 6 months)
How Do I Qualify For WIC Benefits?
Generally, WIC is available to:
- low income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women
- low-income parent or guardian who is the sole provider of children under age five who are at nutritional risk and who are at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty level
You can learn more about WIC and take the WIC Eligibility Assessment to see if you qualify* or contact your local WIC office to make an appointment and find out which documents you will need to bring with you. (To find your local WIC agency use the clinic listing) At your appointment, WIC staff will check to see if you and your family qualify).
What WIC Provides
- Special checks to buy healthy foods from WIC-authorized vendors – milk, eggs, bread, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and much more (see Authorized Foods)
- Information about nutrition and health to help you and your family eat well and be healthy
- Support and information about breastfeeding your baby
- Help in finding health care and other community services
WIC Infant Formula Contract Awarded to Mead Johnson and Company, LLC (Mead Johnson) - Effective October 29, 2018 - Learn More
Georgia DPH WIC is currently in implementation phase of the Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) mandate and is working through the process of procuring providers.
While the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) requires all WIC State agencies to implement an EBT system by October 1, 2020, Georgia has been granted an exemption by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to complete implementation by October 2022.
For additional questions please contact the eWIC project team at EBT-MISWIC@dph.ga.gov”
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Page last updated 10/23/2020