Over the Max on Cash Value Checks
Cash Value Checks (CVCs) are issued with an actual dollar amount on the check to be used for fresh, frozen, canned, and/or dried fruits and vegetables.
The DC WIC State Agency is seeing a large amount of vendor revenue lost due to cashiers allowing CVCs over the max amount. The bank will only reimburse the vendor up to the amount issued on the check.
Using the example below, if a CVC is issued for $9.00, the cashier should not allow for the CVC to be redeemed for more than $9.00. Here the total was $19.90, so the participant should have paid the difference of $10.90 after the transaction exceeded the max amount of the CVC.
Vendors must allow WIC participants to use SNAP benefits, cash, debit card or credit card to pay the difference in price when they are using CVCs. This is called a "split tender". Split tender transactions may only be used with CVCs, and are not an option for other WIC check transactions.
The receipt must show the CVC and the different types of tenders used, if applicable.
Stop Payment on Checks
When a participant has reported their WIC or CVC checks as lost or stolen, a "stop payment" is placed on the check(s). If these checks happen to be redeemed after the stop payment has been placed, the check will be rejected by the bank.
The State Agency will re-validate most checks that were rejected due to stop payments, as long as there are no other check errors on the check.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Frozen Vegetables with Cheese
Frozen vegetables with cheese is NOT a DC WIC approved item, nor are they on the COVID-19 Expanded Food List. Do not allow the purchase of ANY produce product with cheese sauce, butter, etc.
Refer to the list below from the WIC ID folder for additional produce that cannot be purchased with WIC and CVC checks.
USDA COVID-19 Expanded Food List Waivers
In March 2020, The Families First Coronavirus Response Act granted USDA the authority to waive certain federal WIC requirements, giving States the ability to temporarily expand their authorized WIC Food List. Beginning in June, States are applying on a monthly basis from June through September for a range of waivers related these requirements. At the time of this newsletter, DC WIC is reaching out to our vendors to assess the need to continue waivers regarding the Expanded Food List. We will update our vendors as soon as we: 1) decide to discontinue the Expanded Food List or 2) are denied a waiver related to the Expanded Food List by USDA. All waivers are set to expire September 30, 2020.
The DC WIC State Agency is hard at work planning the District's e-WIC roll out. We are about a year away from the start of implementation. As we get closer to implementation, the roll-out schedule will be shared with you. Extensive training and technical assistance will be provided to your teams.
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