Authorized under the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, the Summer EBT for Children demonstrations rigorously test and evaluate the extent to which the use of electronic benefits technologies can be used to reduce food insecurity among children eligible for assistance through the National School Lunch and Summer Food Service programs.
This document standardizes the functional requirements for the Universal Interface between the WIC Management Information Systems and the WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer systems used in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.
The purpose of this memorandum is to transmit guidance regarding the sale of, or intent to sell, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children foods, benefits and/or EBT cards verbally, in print or online through websites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, etc.
The Summer Electronic Benefits Transfer for Children (SEBTC), one such demonstration, conducted its initial proof-of-concept phase during the summer of 2011. The SEBTC demonstration aims to test the effect of a household-based benefit transfer on food insecurity during the summer months by leveraging existing programs and technologies.
This guidance is to provide the implementation framework for Online and Smart Card WIC EBT. FNS expects all stakeholders supporting WIC EBT to incorporate these guidelines into all WIC EBT systems that have been funded by federal funds provided by the WIC Program.