Grocery Shoppers: Keep WIC Labeled Items for Low Income Families

South San Francisco, CA  March 17, 2020 by Angelique Presidente, ESC Contributer

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When there are groceries available on the shelves it is important to keep in mind that other neighbors need access to groceries and necessities too. So please do not over indulge on items, some things when sold out will make it so others cannot eat anything.

For instance, WIC is offered to low-income residents (Women, Infants & Children) and their benefit cards only allow certain items to be bought. When those specific items are sold out, they will have to leave without those items, without essentials to help them and their children survive. To add to the issue, WIC benefits expire every month, so if it’s getting close to the expiration date and there is nothing in stock, most recipients will not be able to just come back and try again another day.

Please be on the lookout for the WIC symbol on shelves, typically next to the item’s price, please do not buy items that show this symbol, unless you are a WIC recipient, to help keep everybody fed, including Infants and Children!

While on the subject of purchasing what you need, some other essentials that are in need for infants that seem to be sold out are: Diapers, formula and baby wipes. PLEASE only purchase these items if you have a baby who can utilize what you are purchasing. The goal is to allow enough for our neighbors to be able to have items they need also.

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