For many people, EBT, SNAP programmes, and WIC are their main ways to shop for foods and items of daily need. The United States governments (federal and state) jointly provide several different kinds of benefits to EBT cardholders.
WIC benefits also known as Women, Infants, and Children benefits are also credited to their EBT cards. Huge retail store chains such as Walgreens are widespread throughout the United States. With over 8000 locations, you are more likely to come across a Walgreens than a government office.
It, therefore, becomes super convenient if you could use your EBT benefits (the money on your EBT card) to get food items. But Does Walgreens Accept WIC? Let us take a deeper look.
Does Walgreens accept WIC as of 2022?
The answer is yes. Walgreens does accept spending WIC benefits on your EBT card. Moreover, Walgreens also accepts any other kind of government benefits added to your EBT card including food stamps.
Given the number of everyday items that are sold at Walgreens, their accepting EBT and WIC make it super convenient for people looking to buy food and other eligible items.
Please note that although the company is fully committed to furthering government causes and complying with the laws, not all Walgreens locations accept EBT yet.
In case you are unsure if the nearest Walgreens accepts WIC, it is best to connect to them through their customer service the contact info to which can be found here.
Check this too: Can you pay at Walgreens with EBT?
How to pay with WIC at Walgreens?
It helps to understand that WIB benefits are added to your existing EBT cards. This means that your existing card will have the benefits credited to it.
Using an EBT is as easy as using any other debit or credit card. In any case, let us walk through the process of using your EBT card at Walgreens together:
- After finishing your shopping, head to the checkout
- Once you are at the POS terminal (point of sale), swipe your EBT card into the machine.
- Enter your 4 digit PIN (personal identification number) when prompted
- Approve the purchase when prompted by the POS
- Collect the receipt and head to the exit
As must be evident from the above process, using your EBT card at a POS is not really that different from using a regular debit or credit card. In some cases, you might not have enough balance to pay for your full order which is when the POS might decline your card.
A simple solution would be to split your items into two orders and pay for one with your EBT balance and the other with any other modes of payment.
What items are eligible for purchase with WIC?
The WIC is a special funding programme that targets women, infants, and children. It provides extra benefits to the mother that’s holding the EBT card. Therefore, standard purchase rules apply to EBT purchases. The eligible items are listed below:
- Bread and cereal
- Fruits and vegetables
- Meat, fish, and poultry
- Dairy products
- Seeds and plants that can produce edible items
If you notice the eligible items will show a general pattern. Items that are strictly foods are fresh farm produce etc are encouraged whereas frozen items etc are discouraged.
Note that Walgreens does stock a lot of items from the food category but we shouldn’t forget that it primarily functions as a drugstore. It is, therefore, best to confirm at the register if they have all the items you need or not.
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What items are ineligible for purchase with WIC?
Because EBT benefits are government-funded, they control how the money can be spent. There are certain items which are totally from being purchased.
This means that not just at Walgreens, but you won’t be able to buy these items using your EBT anywhere. These include the most obvious items such as:
- Tobacco products
- Items and services related to adult entertainment
Besides the above items, we another list of not so obvious items, it is also important to know about these:
- Pet food
- Soap and paper products
- Household supplies
- Prescriptions and deliveries
- Vitamins and medicines
- Food items that can be eaten in the store
- Hot foods
The WIC has been a huge boost for the financial health of women, infants, and children. It has provided families the much-needed comfort of surviving in times of need.
WIC benefits are loaded directly onto your EBT card and the same rules that apply to all other purchases also apply to your purchases made through the EBT card using WIC benefits. We already mentioned lists of eligible and ineligible items.
It is important to know exactly what you can and cannot buy with your EBT benefits. As for Walgreens, they accept EBT at most of their locations.
They are always trying to expand their network so if your nearest Walgreens does not accept EBT yet, check again soon and they might have it soon enough!
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Frequent Asked Questions
Can you use a WIC card at self-checkout?
Yes! WIC cards or EBT cards work almost like a regular debit or credit card. Just like you would self-checkout with your debit or credit card, you can self-checkout with your EBT card.
We already mentioned the different steps involved in self-checkout. Make sure to go through them to avoid any hassles during the actual payment process.
What happens if I don’t use my WIC benefits?
This is a highly common question among cardholders. The unfortunate answer is that WIC benefits do not roll over to the next month.
This means if you do not use your current month’s WIC benefits, they will basically lapse and disappear into thin air and simply cease to exist. Next month you will be credited with new benefits like usual. Previous months’ benefits won’t be there.
Can I use my WIC card online?
The government strictly controls how SNAP benefits can be used. As such, they do not allow the use of WIC benefits online.
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