WIC Vendors are an important part of the WIC Program, ensuring that participants buy WIC-approved foods.
The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), WIC Program is moving from a paper-based method of WIC benefits issuance (Checks) to a plastic EBT cards known as eWIC. The RI WIC Program will begin an eWIC pilot on October 1, 2019. Pilot will last through December 2019. Statewide roll-out is expected to happen January through February 2020. Checks will remain in circulation potentially through May 2020.
The mandatory eWIC vendor trainings have been scheduled for all WIC-authorized vendors in July 2019. Please contact the RI WIC Vendor Unit RI WIC Vendor Unit at 222-4637, 222-5939, or 222-4633 to register for one of the following sessions:
Please note, during the transition from checks to eWIC, the State WIC office will not accept applications from prospective new vendors. RI WIC will stop accepting new store applications on 10/01/19 and will resume accepting new store applications on 3/01/2020. Any exceptions to this rule will be determined by State WIC Office on case by case basis.
If you have any questions or concerns, please call the RI WIC Vendor Unit at 222-4637, 222-5939, or 222-4633 or email at DOH.email@example.com.
Vendor bulletins describe important changes and updates within the WIC Vendor Program and are sent to retailers when issues arise. You are responsible for reviewing the information included in the bulletins, sharing the information with staff members, and making the necessary changes to your procedures. All Vendor Bulletins are listed below.