Need help? If you have difficulty understanding English or have a disability, free language assistance or other aids and services are available upon request. Please contact your local WIC clinic.
Temporary Cash Value Benefits Increase
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021 into law which allows the USDA to temporarily increase the cash value benefit to $35.00 for participants (CVB) to purchase fruits and vegetables. This amount will be provided to all women and child participants. The increase of $35.00 is temporary and will be valid from June 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021.
Help Is Here: The American Rescue Plan Delivers Major Tax Relief for Families with Children
The Child Tax Credit, part of the American Rescue Plan, is here to help families raising children make ends meet. Check out some resources below.
Your SC WIC team is working to ensure our participants can use their WIC benefits during these challenging times. We appreciate our WIC participants and are doing everything to provide you with your benefits. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and update this page as information develops. If you have any questions or issues, please contact your local WIC office.
The SC WIC program is aware of phishing/fraud attempts through text messages instructing participants to mail in their eWIC card with the passcode to reload their benefits. THIS IS NOT A MESSAGE FROM THE SC WIC PROGRAM. To reload your benefits, we DO NOT need your eWIC card or passcode. DO NOT SEND YOUR PASSCODE OR MAIL YOUR CARD TO ANYONE!
NEW! Increased Food Choices
In response to demand for nutritious foods during the COVID-19 pandemic, DHEC is providing additional food items to South Carolina WIC participants. Until further notice, participants will have more purchasing options for milk, yogurt, fruits, and vegetables. The following changes will go into effect:
- Participants can purchase 1% milk, non-fat milk, 2% milk, lactose-free 2% milk, lactose-free 1% milk, lactose-free non-fat milk, or soymilk.
- Participants can purchase any fat content of yogurt (Whole, Low-fat, or Non-fat).
- Participants who choose to receive Cash Value Benefits (CVB) instead of infant baby foods can purchase fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables.
To protect the health of WIC participants and WIC staff, until further notice, WIC participants are no longer required to visit the clinic. All services will be provided only through remote services by telephone.
Hasta nuevo aviso, los participantes del Programa para Mujeres, Bebés y Niños (WIC) no están obligados a visitar la clínica. Todos los servicios se ofrecerán por teléfono.
Remote Services UPDATE October 2020
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic USDA has placed a temporary waiver on the requirement for participants to be physically present during a certification. To ensure our program continues to offer the highest level of services we have created a Medical Referral Form (pdf). The purpose of the form is to collect accurate and up to date anthropometric data. Your office may have clients request the form be filled out for their next WIC appointment, or it can be used to refer a new client who would benefit from WIC’s services. For more information, please refer to the South Carolina WIC Director's letter.
Food Package Changes
To help address WIC product shortages that have occurred, WIC participants may now choose from expanded options in a variety of food categories. You can check out what's available by clicking here.
Is your grocery store out of your WIC infant formula? Please contact your local WIC clinic and ask for guidance. Do not try to make homemade infant formula, as it is dangerous for your baby.
Are you breastfeeding? Please review the guidance from the CDC.
Debunking the Myths
The SC WIC program is aware of false information circulating regarding WIC benefits. Our WIC participants and new applicants can receive benefits without having to be physically present. The USDA physical presence waiver has waived the requirement to be physically present to receive services during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is in effect until further notice. The waiver applies to areas impacted by WIC clinic closures, stay-at-home orders, and persons who are under quarantine.
Clinic operating hours and staff availability will be subject to local and state orders related to the pandemic. Applicants and current participants should contact their local WIC clinic to find out what options are available.
While locations are closed to the public, all WIC phone lines are open. New applicants will be assessed, certified, and issued benefits by local clinic staff using the telephone, computer, and other technologies. Thanks to our recent implementation of eWIC, staff can issue food benefits remotely to those determined to be eligible for the program. We are offering everything we would if a person walked into our office over the phone. It is our goal to keep things operating as close to normal as possible with all circumstances considered. We can load eWIC cards after each participant has gone through their appointment and they don't have to leave the house. If they're new to the program, the cards will be mailed.
It's our goal to meet the needs of the community by being there for those who are at risk or in need of assistance. We encourage our participants to continue to take measures to help safeguard against illness.
WIC is a nutrition program that provides health education, healthy foods, breastfeeding support, and other services free of charge to South Carolina families who qualify.
To check to see if you may be eligible for WIC benefits, visit the WIC Prescreening Tool.
To apply for WIC or to make an appointment, call 1-855-4-SCDHEC (1-855-472-3432).
How to Apply For WIC
It's as easy as 1-2-3!
Call 1-855-4-SCDHEC (1-855-472-3432) to make an appointment.
WIC has day, afternoon and early evening appointments available. Select clinics may also have evening and Saturday appointments available. WIC even has walk-in hours!
Remember, please bring the family members applying for WIC services to the appointment (you, your child and/or your infant). If the appointment is for a child, only a parent or legal caretaker who lives with the child can bring the child and complete the paperwork.
At your appointment, you will need to bring the information listed in the 3-Steps to WIC.
WIC Supports Foster Families
All foster children under age 5 are automatically eligible for WIC. Foster families play an important role in their children's growth and development. Learn more about how WIC helps foster families here.
Voter Registration at WIC Clinics
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, Public Law 103-31, provides that WIC clinics serve as voter registration assistance sites throughout South Carolina. Voter registration forms are available at the WIC clinics. Participants may also register to vote at https://www.scvotes.org/south-carolina-voter-registration-information.
The South Carolina WIC program is intended for families in need of nutritional education and support. WIC foods and formula are to be used for the WIC participant only and cannot be sold or given away. WIC foods not used by the participant should be returned to the local WIC site. Fraud and abuse take resources away from those who need them most. Learn more about WIC fraud prevention.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: email@example.com.
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