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Mobile phone app to simplify WIC shopping, WV DHHR says

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CHARLESTON, WV -

(News Release)  The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Nutrition Services today announced a new app to make shopping easier. The EBTShopper™ free mobile phone application (app) offers improvements to the WIC shopping experience, benefiting participants, retail vendors and cashiers.

“The EBTShopper™ mobile app enables WIC participants to verify the eligibility of food items while shopping,” said Dr. Letitia Tierney, State Health Officer and Commissioner for the Bureau for Public Health. “In West Virginia, the app has the ability to load the participant's current WIC benefits, allowing them to know with certainty what they can purchase with the benefits remaining on their eWIC card.”

The mission for EBTShopper™ is to use technology and innovation to ensure WIC benefits are easy to use, and to promote healthy food choices during grocery shopping.

EBTShopper™ may be downloaded from an app store or by visiting EBTShopper.com. Once the app is launched, the user will select West Virginia and register the eWIC card number. Registering an eWIC card is safe and secure in EBTShopper™. While in the grocery store, EBTShopper™ can be used to scan or take pictures of product bar codes to verify WIC eligibility.

Food available through WIC includes fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, cheese, dried or canned beans, peanut butter, eggs, certain breakfast cereals, infant foods, and whole wheat bread.

More than 45,000 West Virginians receive WIC benefits each month. To learn more about WIC services or how to apply for benefits, call 304-558-0030. More information is available online at http://ons.wvdhhr.org/.

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