Bay County - The Florida Department of Health in Bay County’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is transitioning to an electronic benefits transfer system beginning Monday, March 24, 2014. Bay County’s WIC program serves clients in Bay, Walton and Gulf Counties.
WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy foods, nutrition education and counseling, and breastfeeding support to families that meet their program guidelines.
“The WIC program is going high-tech which means that families in Bay County, as well as the two adjoining counties where the program also provides services (Walton and Gulf counties), will have the opportunity to purchase their healthy foods with an electronic card much like a credit or debit card rather than the paper checks they currently receive”, said Douglas M. Kent, MPH, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.
“It’s an exciting time for our clients and for the program” says Claire Henninger, RD, LD/N, FDOH Bay WIC Director for the program. “With the swipe of the EBT card an entire family’s benefits will be downloaded. And now if they only want to purchase one gallon of milk or any one item, they can where on the checks they had to purchase everything on that one check or lose it. The entire process will be better for our WIC families and vendors” stated Henninger.
The WIC offices in Bay, Walton and Gulf counties will be closed Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 21 to allow for system upgrades with the EBT system going live on Monday, March 24.
For additional information about WIC EBT contact the WIC Program at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County at 850-872-4666.
For more information on the Florida Department of Health in Bay County, visit www.baycountyhealth.org or call 850-872-4455.
The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.