Vermont WIC retail vendors outside of our Rutland eWIC pilot area will be receiving the authorization application package today by email. Make sure you watch for it, and contact us immediately if you don’t receive it by the end of today (March 24th). The completed application must be filed with Vermont WIC by April 15th for you to continue as an eWIC retailer for our statewide rollout beginning October 1, 2015.
There are three parts to the application package this year:
- The Application Questionnaire. Again, we are using SurveyMonkey(tm) to gather the application information. You’ll be able to use your internet browser to get to the survey form, and simply fill in and click through the questions.
- The Price Survey. Because we are moving from home delivery to retail for the entire WIC food package, we need to collect your food prices with your application.
- The Retail Vendor Agreement. To complete the process, you must submit a signed copy of the agreement. This is modified from the current agreement to reflect expanded food package you’ll be offering to WIC participants, and the use of eWIC for financial transactions.
Some of our retail partners may not have seen much “WIC business” from the cash value fruits and vegetables card, and might not think it’s worth meeting the new standards to continue participating. We believe the experience with fruits and vegetables is not a good predictor of the expanded program, which includes all of the grocery staples: cereals, milk, cheese, and yogurt, grains and bread, baby foods and infant formulas, in addition to fruits and vegetables. (Your email will also include the Approved Products List and the Minimum Inventory requirement.)
To give you an idea of the significance of this change when the WIC food package goes retail: Vermont WIC currently spends over $10 million a year on home delivered WIC foods; the retail fruit and vegetable benefit totaled less than $500,000 a year.
The email with the application materials contains detailed instructions, but if you have any questions, please contact Patrick Henry, WIC Retail Vendor Manager at 802-951-5167.