WIC in Vermont
Vendor training is vital because it helps ensure that vendors understand their WIC responsibilities, which include:
- maintaining sufficient varieties and quantities of WIC-authorized foods,
- providing supplemental foods to certified participants (or proxies),
- ensuring that participants use their food instruments properly, and
- redeeming food instruments in accordance with WIC policy.
Vendor training also ensures that vendors are aware of vendor rules and procedures, so that if program noncompliance or violations occur, vendors cannot claim they were unaware of program rules and procedures.
USDA/FNS, the federal agency overseeing WIC, has strict requirements for vendor training. See the Vendor Handbook, Chapter 6, for requirements and the state’s training plan.
Training Resources & Materials
WIC EBT Seminars for Vermont Grocers
- What is WIC EBT?
- Online and Offline WIC EBT
- National UPC Database and WIC EBT
- Profile of Vermont WIC and Approved Products List
Seminars are in WMV format
- Vermont WIC: Retail Vendor Training
40 minute training presentation, including audio and slides. Store trainers are welcome to use slides from this presentation in developing your own training programs. Click here to request a copy.
- Brighten your Life with Friuts and Veggies
7 minute video for consumers about the WIC Fruit and Vegetable benefits, and use of the WIC Fruit and Veggie EBT card at retail vendors. Click here to order a DVD copy.
Printed Materials for Retail Vendors
- Cashier Card
Download the two-sided Cashier Card, describing the WIC EBT transaction, and listing what fruits and vegetables are allowed and not allowed.
- Store Poster
Download the “WIC Accepted Here” poster for store windows and interior.
- Store Decal
Download the “WIC Accepted Here” sign sized for a store door/window decal.
- Shelf Labels
Labels available in packs of 100. Email to order “WIC Approved Food” shelf labels.
- Check-Out Sign
Download a poster to place at check-out aisle reminding WIC participants to show card to cashier and put WIC items first on the counter/belt.
WIC is an equal opportunity program. If you feel you have been discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap, write to: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250, or call 1-800-795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6384 ( TDD).