The Mississippi State Department of Health announced they will be closing all of its WIC food distribution sites throughout the state of Mississippi.
All 81 of the MSDH’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food distribution sites will be closing in the months ahead and approximately 70 positions are being eliminated.
WIC clients across the U.S. are being transferred to debit cards and electronic banking used for food purchases due to mandates set by the federal government. The new “eWIC” card is said to be more convenient for clients, as it will allow a choice of where to purchase food and formula.
Among the changes, the list of products have been expanded as well.
The eWIC phased rollout is slated to take place over the next several months. In the meantime, clients will receive paper vouchers to take to existing food centers for WIC purchases. Food distribution sites are due to be permanently closed by late summer to early fall.