WIC Program: COVID-19 Emergency Response
NC WIC Increased Cash Value Benefit (CVB) - Updated 05/25/21
HAVE YOU HEARD? WIC’s Cash Value Benefit for fruits and vegetables is temporarily increasing!
From June through September 2021, the monthly WIC Cash Value Benefit increases to $35.00 per month per eligible participant. This temporary increase in CVB starts June 1, 2021 and goes through September 30, 2021.
COVID-19 Information for Local Agencies - Updated 07/01/21
COVID-19: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
North Carolina was granted approval of a physical presence waiver through May 31, 2020. The approval to waive the physical presence requirement includes the ability to defer anthropometric and bloodwork requirements necessary to determine nutritional risk for the period the physical presence waiver is in effect. Where necessary, the local agency may defer anthropometric and bloodwork requirements necessary to determine nutrition risk but the Competent Professional Authority (CPA) must still attempt to the best of his/her ability to assess nutrition risk based on the information available through telephonic or online communication and/or referral data.
- WIC Processes without Physical Presence (PDF, 430 KB) - Updated 04/21/21
- Remote Services Local Agency Considerations (PDF, 245 KB) - Updated 4/21/21
- Food Package: COVID-19 Waivers
- Las concesiones de NC WIC COVID-19
- Disaster Recovery Resources for WIC Agencies
Prenatal Nutrition Education
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) is offering a Virtual Ready, Set, Baby Prenatal Education Class with updated curriculum including COVID-19 guidance and recommendations related to pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. This recurring class is being taught live by graduate lactation students from the Gillings School of Global Public Health with oversight by a CGBI staff member. This free service is available for WIC program participants over Zoom throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This Zoom platform is compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
Local WIC Agencies are encouraged to share the appropriate Zoom link with interested pregnant participants. A local WIC agency may utilize the Virtual Ready, Set, Baby Prenatal Education Class to fulfill the second prenatal nutrition education contact and/or as supplemental breastfeeding education. If the local WIC agency wishes to utilize the class as a second prenatal nutrition education contact, a certificate of class completion must be submitted by the participant to the local WIC agency. Upon receipt of the certificate of class completion, the local WIC agency staff must document lesson completion in the Nutrition Education section of the participant’s record, issue benefits, and set-up future appointments
- May – September 2021 Schedule
Breast Pump Issuance Resources
- Teaching Checklist (PDF, 118 KB)
Assembly and Care Videos
- Medela (English Only)
- Medela (Spanish Only)
- Ameda (English Only)
- Hand Expression
- Required Handouts for Remote Breast Pump Issuance
COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- COVID-19 Vaccines: Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Fertility: What You Need to Know
- WIC & COVID-19 Vaccine Messaging Toolkit (National WIC Association)
Well Child Visit & Immunizations - New 10/20/2020
Social Media Posts
The outreach materials below were developed by the Immunization Branch at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. These graphics were created to encourage continued well-child visits and immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The graphics are formatted for use on your social media accounts/websites. There is also a document attached with supporting text to post with the graphics.
Immunization Messaging Graphics (Zip file)
Participating in WIC During COVID-19, Information for Families - Updated 02/09/21
The safety and health of your family is WIC's utmost priority during the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). To protect all families and staff, your local WIC offices may be offering services by phone or online until further notice.
Please call your local WIC office ahead of your appointment to see if it is open to face-to-face.
What if my WIC office is closed?
Families with a North Carolina eWIC card, your WIC benefits can be added to your card remotely during an active certification period. WIC staff may call or text you to confirm information about your account. Please check in by telephone or follow your WIC office’s website or social media for updates.
What if I can't contact my local WIC office?
Please contact the Nutrition Services Branch, the North Carolina WIC State Office.
- Phone: 919-707-5800
Use Your WIC during COVID-19
What if WIC foods are out of stock at my grocery store?
- If you have the Bnft® app on your smartphone, you can sign in and use the Store Locator to search for stores in your area that accept WIC.
- If you have a North Carolina eWIC card, you can also use www.mybnft.com to search for WIC grocer locations.
- New! View a list of grocery stores and free-standing pharmacies that accept WIC by entering a zip code.
How can I get WIC if I lost my job from COVID-19? New to WIC?
If you or someone you know has been financially affected by recent events and are pregnant, just had a baby or have children under the age of five, WIC is accepting applications for new families and is here to help provide healthy foods and other resources. Eligible families, dads, grandparents and foster parents caring for eligible children should contact their local WIC office for more information.
Resources for Families During COVID-19 - Updated 07/01/21
Additional Resources for Families:COVID-19 Relief Payment for Families - Updated 04/21/21
Most North Carolina families with children received an automatic $335 coronavirus relief payment last fall to help with virtual schooling and childcare costs. Eligible families who did not receive the $335 check have another chance to apply through May 31, 2021.
NCDHHS is encouraging families who have not done so already to act before May 31 to receive a payment. This video explains eligibility and walks you through the short application process. Go to ncdor.gov/extracredit for details and to apply.
- Guidance for Early Childhood Oral Health During COVID-19
- Supporting Children During Coronavirus
- First Aid for Feelings: A Workbook to Help Kids Cope During the Coronavirus Pandemic
- Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting From COVID-19
- American Academy of Physicians: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- Healthy at Home: A Toolkit for Supporting Families Impacted by COVID-19
- Spanish: Nuevo coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)
- Parenting Resources for Families with Young Children During COVID 19
- Start Simple with MyPlate: Food Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Virtual Prenatal Education
Pregnant WIC Participants are encouraged to participate in Virtual Live Ready, Set, Baby Prenatal Education Classes. Ready, Set, Baby classes provide information about maternity care practices, the benefits and management of breastfeeding, and incorporate other important information to help you achieve your personal goals. Pregnant WIC participants can complete these Virtual Live Ready, Set, Baby classes as part of their WIC appointment. The schedule of dates and times with link to participate are included in the flyers below:
Last Modified: 07-01-2021