New Hampshire welcomed the first eWIC program in the state on Tuesday, July 31 at Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth. WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is being updated and expanded in New Hampshire to make the nutritional service more accessible to those who need it. State-wide integration of Electronic WIC services is expected in fall of 2018, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The update to the systems includes a WIC Card which can be scanned at agencies and vendors for a faster, easier and more secure transaction process. Riona Corr, Director of WIC Services at Goodwin Community Health, noted the improvements at the premiere celebration on Tuesday. “Moving to eWIC provides a more positive experience for both WIC families and the retailers that serve our participants. It is secure and easy to use, and allows families to purchase food as needed, as opposed to purchasing everything on the paper voucher at once. WIC continues to be available for family or individual nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support and health assessments throughout the state.” Representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services met with Corr and other attendees at Janetos Superette in Dover for the first eWIC purchase in New Hampshire.
The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program aims to provide nutrition education and foods to help keep pregnant women, new mothers, infants and preschool children healthy and strong. Striving to make services more accessible by including eWIC cards will enable many more families and people in New Hampshire to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Resources are available at health centers and online to see eWIC locations throughout the state. WIC Services in New Hampshire are not limited to food packages, nutrition and counseling, breastfeeding consultation, referrals and health screens are all available at WIC locations. To access WIC Services in New Hampshire, a family must be income eligible; reside in the service area, and be nutritionally at risk as determined by a staff nutritionist. Shifting towards the incorporation of technology in the process will enable more eligible individuals to access the nutritional programs. WIC Services at Goodwin Community Health Center can be contacted at (603) 332-4358, and are available to Strafford and Carrol Counties. Participating clinics are listed on Signupwic.com.