New! How to use eWIC at Greenmarket
The WIC Vegetable and Fruit Check Program was created to improve the health of low-income women and children. The program provides pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding women, infants and children under the age of 5 enrolled in the WIC Program with nutrition benefits to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables.
In spring 2019, the WIC program in New York State moved from issuing paper checks to providing benefits on a debit card. The WIC EBT card allows vendors to be reimbursed faster and families to roll over any unused benefits from a shopping trip toward future purchases during the same month.
While select farmers were enrolled to accept WIC Vegetable and Fruit Checks directly from customers in the past, they did not have a technological solution to do so once the benefits moved onto an EBT card.
GrowNYC is excited to announce a pilot program launched in partnership with the NYS Department of Health, NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, Farmers Market Federation of NY, and Novo Dia Group. This August, Morgeiwicz Farm was outfitted with the equipment and technology to accept eWIC directly at their stands. As locations and farmers are enrolled, the information will be posted below, as well as at local WIC centers, Greenmarkets, and individual farmstands.
One thing that hasn’t changed: the $4 WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) coupons continue to be issued as paper checks. All Greenmarket fruit and vegetable producers are required by GrowNYC to accept FMNP.
Stop by the Market Information Tent at your neighborhood Greenmarket for more information.
Find Morgiewicz Farms at these GrowNYC Greenmarkets:
57th St Greenmarket
Wed & Sat | 8am-5pm
Tenth Ave & 57th St, Manhattan
Bx Boro Hall Greenmarket
Tuesdays | 8am-4pm
161st & Grand Concourse, Bronx
Ft Washington Greenmarket
Tuesdays | 8am-4pm
168th St & Fort Washington Ave, Manhattan
Lincoln Hospital Greenmarket
Fridays | 8am-3pm
149th St btwn Park & Morris Aves, Bronx