How to Use Your WIC Card

You can use your Iowa WIC card to buy WIC foods each month. Your WIC card also works as your ID for WIC appointments.


  • Your Iowa WIC card works like a debit card.
  • Set up a PIN number at your local office, by calling Customer Service at 1-844-234-4948, or going to
  • You can purchase WIC foods each month using your card.
  • Your card works as your ID for WIC appointments.
  • Learn About Your eWIC Card Here


  • Benefits are loaded at 12:00 a.m. on the first day of the month.
  • Benefits expire at 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the month.
  • Benefits do not roll over to the next month.
  • Buy the food you need. You do not have to buy all of your foods at once.
  • You can check your WIC food balance in different ways:


  • Have your WIC card ready.
  • Tell the cashier you are using a WIC card before the transaction.
  • There is no need to separate WIC foods from non-WIC foods, unless the cashier tells you otherwise.
  • Swipe your WIC card first before any other payments.
  • Enter your PIN number.
  • Approved foods will be taken off of your WIC account.
  • Use other payments such as SNAP, cash, or credit to pay for non-WIC items.

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