Office of Nutrition Services
350 Capitol Street • Room 519 • Charleston, WV 25301-3715
phone: 304-558-0030 • fax: 304-558-1541



Electronic Benefit Transfer System (EBT)


The West Virginia WIC Program notified you of plans to start using electronic benefit transfer system (EBT) for WIC redemptions. The 90 day pilot program is scheduled to begin 03/04/13 in the Mid-Ohio region.  You will be notified with your region’s projected begin date with statewide implementations by fall 2013. 

The EBT system will allow WIC participants to purchase authorized WIC foods using an electronic card, similar to a debit card. The fundamental technologies for operating this EBT system will include online magnetic stripe card technology and real time integrated technology. WIC retailers who are operating with EBT only Point of Sale (POS) devices provided for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) transactions will have the option to be issued replacement equipment programmed for processing both SNAP and WIC transactions or choosing an integrated system provider. The first step in EBT-WIC development is to determine the existing type of devices currently being used at your store so that a system can be built maximizing use of existing case register/POS devices. Please contact Jim Chilcoat [] phone number 502-695-1999


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