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Oregon WIC Retailers
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This page is a resource for grocery stores and pharmacies. For more information, call the Vendor Answer Line at 1-877-807-0889 or e-mail wic.vendorservices@state.or.us

Oregon WIC participants receive nutrition education along with vouchers to buy specific foods from WIC-authorized vendors throughout Oregon.



eWIC for vendors

The Oregon WIC Program is converting our current WIC paper voucher system to a WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) system (called "eWIC"). For more information on eWIC and vendors, please visit our eWIC for Vendors page.



Current topics for WIC vendors



Becoming a WIC vendor

All applicants must read the  Sample Vendor Agreement prior to becoming WIC authorized. Be sure to read all instructions included in the packet before completing and submitting your application. If you have any questions, call the Vendor Answer Line at 1-877-807-0889.

Grocery stores

If your grocery store is interested in becoming WIC authorized you must:

  • Have a permanent fixed location for your store with adequate refrigeration, freezer and shelf space;
  • Currently be Food Stamp/SNAP authorized (or pending authorization);
  • Commit to regularly meeting WIC minimum stock requirements for ALL items at ALL times. For more information see Minimum Stock Requirements for your store size and the WIC Food List;
  • Commit to keeping your pricing competitive with other stores in your peer group and submitting shelf prices for selected products (at least) semi-annually or as requested; and
  • Commit to purchasing your infant formula from an allowed distributor

If you meet all of these criteria, please print a copy of the Food List and Minimum Stock Requirements and submit a completed  grocery store application packet.

Pharmacies

WIC authorizes pharmacies to sell formula and medical foods only. Pharmacies are exempt from Minimum Stock Requirements. To become a WIC authorized pharmacy, please submit a completed  pharmacy application packet.



WIC authorized Food List

The WIC Food List shows which foods you can sell to WIC clients. The most current version is dated October 1, 2014, on the cover. The Food List is now available in print in English and Spanish, and electronically in Chinese, Russian, Somali, Vietnamese and Arabic.


Infant formula distributors

WIC authorized vendors are required to order infant formula from authorized sources. See the list below for manufacturers and distributors who are currently authorized. If you don't see your source listed, fill out this form and send it to the Oregon WIC program.



Resources for current WIC vendors



WIC Vendor Advisory Council

The WIC Vendor Advisory Council (VAC) serves as an open communication channel between the Oregon WIC Program and the state's WIC-authorized vendors. VAC provides an avenue for gathering issues and information on a broad array of WIC-related subjects that impact vendors.

2014 meeting schedule:
  • Thursday, January 23
  • Thursday, April 24
  • Thursday, July 24
  • Thursday, October 23

All 2014 meetings will be 10:00 a.m. - noon, at the Portland State Office Building, room 1-D, 800 NE Oregon St, Portland.

Meeting minutes