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Posted on: August 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - August 21, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

NCDHHS Encourages WIC Participants to Use Food Benefits During COVID-19

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging North Carolinians who are enrolled in the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) to use their food benefits during COVID-19 to support good nutrition for their families. All WIC participants are getting monthly food benefits automatically added to their eWIC account because of the pandemic; however, please note that WIC allowances do not roll from one month to the next.

On March 20, 2020, the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) waived the requirement for participants to attend appointments in-person at a local WIC clinic to renew their families’ food benefits each month. This change allows both WIC beneficiaries and WIC clinic staff to avoid unnecessary in-person contact during COVID-19, supporting states’ efforts to slow the spread of the virus.

NCDHHS is working to increase awareness that WIC food allowances are being auto-issued each month on participants’ family issue date so that North Carolinians can get the full benefits of the federal program. Families enrolled in WIC can download the Bnft® App, available in the App Store or on Google Play, and enable notifications to ensure they never miss an update to their eWIC account.

More information and tips for WIC participants can be found on the department’s new Use Your WIC During COVID-19 digital flyer, which is available in English and Spanish.

For beneficiaries who require further assistance navigating the program, local WIC clinics remain open and ready to serve. Many of the services offered by WIC clinics are now managed over the phone. Please visit to find your local WIC office.


TJ Brown

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