Families that participate in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may soon see a change that makes shopping for food more convenient. The Department of Agriculture this month announced a proposal that would allow program participants to buy food online using their WIC benefits. The proposal aims to “streamline and modernize” the federal program, which provides financial support to low-income mothers and children up to age 5 to pay for nutritious food.
WIC benefits cannot currently be used to buy goods from online retailers like Amazon
After the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, advocates pushed for online access for the WIC program due to the difficulties of in-person shopping. Being forced to shop in-person with the WIC program, they argued, was anachronistic at best. After all, 54% of Americans have bought groceries online in the past 12 months, according to a 2022 survey by Coresight Research.
“After the coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020, advocates pushed for online access for the government’s WIC program due to the difficulties of in-person shopping. ”