JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - The state health department will close all 81 of its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food distribution sites in the months ahead.
WIC clients throughout the nation are being transferred to the use of electronic banking and a debit card for food purchases due to a federal mandate, the Mississippi State Department of Health announced Thursday.
The department says the eWIC card will be more convenient for clients, and the list of products has been expanded.
The card rollout will take place over the next few months. Clients will have paper vouchers, for now, to take to existing food centers for WIC food.
Approximately 85,000 Mississippians are enrolled in the WIC program.
The food distribution sites will be permanently closed by late summer and early fall. This means approximately 70 positions will be eliminated.