WIC benefits play a huge role in supporting the nutrition needs of women, infants, and children all over the country, with WIC cards accepted in most leading retail stores.
Since Dollar General is a go-to store for most low-income families, you may be wondering if Dollar General accepts WIC benefits. Here is what I’ve found out about this!
Does Dollar General Accept WIC?
Dollar General accepts WIC in a very small number of stores across the U.S. You can use the WIC Electronic Card, paper checks, or vouchers to pay for WIC-eligible food items at these stores. Alternatively, you can visit Walmart, Walgreens, or Target to use WIC.
If you want to learn more about which Dollar General locations accept WIC, what items you can buy with WIC benefits, and what other grocery stores accept WIC, keep on reading!
Which Dollar General Locations Accept WIC?
Although Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) is a federal program and so is run in all 50 states, not all Dollar General locations are authorized to accept WIC benefits as an alternative mode of payment.
For example, Dollar General location 0001 in Ada, Oklahoma, accepts WIC, as does the Dollar General location 16483 in Myrtle Creek, Oregon.
However, their status as a WIC-approved store is liable to change. You can use this handy online locator tool for WIC stores to find nearby Dollar General locations that accept WIC.
Alternatively, you can also use Dollar General’s store locator to contact a nearby store and ask the staff whether they accept WIC benefits at that store.
What Items Are Eligible For WIC?
You can buy the following WIC-eligible foods at any WIC-approved Dollar General store (or elsewhere):
- Breakfast cereals
- Milk, cheese, and yogurt
- Fruits and vegetables
- Canned fish
- Whole wheat bread
- Mature legumes
However, while there is one list of WIC-eligible products for all states, there is no obligation for any state participating in the program to offer all of the items.
Contact your state agency to find out more about what foods are covered by WIC in Dollar General or other stores in your state.
How Do You Pay For WIC-Eligible Items At Dollar General?
To pay for any items that are eligible for WIC in grocery stores such as Dollar General, you must have an electronic WIC benefit card, paper checks, or vouchers.
Note that electronic cards are the current standard and have been so since October 2020.
To pay with your WIC card, simply swipe it at the register once all of your WIC-eligible items have been scanned, and enter the four-digit PIN number to authenticate the transaction.
Make sure to keep your WIC products separate from all of your other products. If you don’t, you could end up paying for foodstuffs that are not covered by the WIC benefits program.
What Other Grocery Stores Accept WIC?
In addition to the few Dollar General stores in the US that accept WIC, there are other big-name grocery brands that accept WIC benefits at most of their locations, including:
Most of these stores label WIC-eligible products to make them easy to find for customers who are looking to use their WIC benefits.
Unfortunately, only a very limited number of Dollar General stores accept WIC, and their status as an approved store is liable to change. So you are advised to check online or call ahead to confirm that your local Dollar General accepts WIC. Alternatively, you can visit other grocery stores like Walmart, Target, Publix, and Save A Lot to use your WIC card.