September 9, 2013 WIC Update

SUBJECT 1: New WIC Approved Food Lists
SUBJECT 2: WIC Approved Food List - What’s New
SUBJECT 3: Mead Johnson Nutritionals (MJN) Ready-To-Use Products at Walmart stores
SUBJECT 4: Changes to Food Item Descriptions in MOWINS - Effective Sept. 30, 2013
SUBJECT 5: Core Nutrition Message Webinars
SUBJECT 6: October and Early November 2013 Holidays-MOWINS Help Desk Coverage
SUBJECT 7: Important Policy Change-Pending Proof


  1. New WIC Approved Food Lists: Local WIC providers should order the new WIC approved food lists (booklets) from the DHSS warehouse, as needed. Please use the attached WIC and Breastfeeding Resource Request (WIC 8). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  2. WIC Approved Food List - What’s New: The “What’s New” handout includes the following information:

    • New Food Descriptions
    • Discontinued WIC Approved Juice
    • WIC Approved Food Images
    • QR Code added to new food list

    Please share with all your staff. If you have any questions and/or suggestions, feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  3. Mead Johnson Nutritionals (MJN) Ready-To-Use Products at Walmart stores: The following items will not be available at most of Walmart stores beginning from October 2013:

    • Enfamil Premium Infant (32 fl oz can)
    • ProSobee (32 fl oz can)
    • Gentlease (32 fl oz can)
    • Enfamil AR (32 fl oz can)

    Although availability is dependent on store, please advise participants accordingly. Walmart has decided to carry Parent’s Choice brand’s infant formula (Ready-To-Use) products instead of MJN’s Ready-To-Use infant formulas. These four products above are still available at other WIC vendors. Please share with all your staff. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  4. Changes to Food Item Descriptions in MOWINS - Effective Sept. 30, 2013:
    On September 30, 2013, food descriptions listed below will be updated in MOWINS.

    Old Descriptions

    New Descriptions

    1 Lb Dry Beans or 4-16 oz Can Beans or 1-18 oz Peanut Butter 1 Lb Dry Beans or 1-18 oz Peanut Butter or 4-16 oz Can Beans
    6 (5 oz Cans) or 5 (6 oz Cans) Tuna Waterpack 6 (5 oz Cans) Tuna Waterpack
    4 oz Infant Fruits/Veggies Approved Types (1 Twin Pack Is 2) 4 oz Infant Fruits/Veggies Approved Brands/ Varieties Only
    Half Gallon Soy Milk 8th Continent Original Plain/Vanill Half Gallon Soy Milk Approved Brands And Varieties Only
    8 oz Isosource 1.5 With Fiber RTU 8.5 oz Isosource 1.5 With Fiber RTU

    Please share the following information with all your staff and advise participants accordingly.

    • There will be a grace period until December 31, 2013 to allow all previously issued checks to be honored at the WIC grocery stores.
    • Participants can only purchase WIC foods as printed on the WIC checks. 
    • Participants should be instructed to adhere to the new food list when selecting infant fruits and vegetables. Only Beech-Nut and Gerber brands are allowed beginning October 1, 2013.
    • If the participant has a check for Soy Milk 8th Continent Original Plain/Vanilla, this is the only soy milk they are allowed.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Takako Tagami at Takako.Tagami@health.mo.gov.

  5. Core Nutrition Message Webinars: USDA is offering a webinar on core nutrition messages. There are 2 sessions. Session 1 and Session 2 are different. The webinars will be recorded for later viewing if your schedule does not allow attendance at the original dates below:

    Session 1 - September 19, 2014 1:00 - 2:00 Central Time
    Session 2 - October 3, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 Central Time

    Registration information will be available soon at the Core Nutrition Messages web page.

    See brochure attached for additional information about the webinars. If you have any questions, please contact your TA Nutritionist. (ONE ATTACHMENT)

  6. October and Early November 2013 Holidays-MOWINS Help Desk Coverage:
    The state WIC office will be closed but there will be limited MOWINS help desk coverage from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Columbus Day, October 14 and Veterans Day, November 11.
    If you have questions, please contact Mark Davis at Mark.Davis@health.mo.gov or 573-526-5323 or 800-392-8209.

  7. Important Policy Change-Pending Proof: As was communicated in August, the USDA issued a policy clarification on the issuance of benefits. LWPs have the option to provide up to 30-days of benefits, pending provision of the necessary documentation. Any benefit issued over this amount is over-issuance. In an effort to prevent the fiscal liability to the LWPs and the State Agency in regards to over-issuance, there is an upcoming policy change. Effective January, 2014, the Missouri WIC program will no longer allow “pending proof” of income, residency, or identity for participants being certified or recertified. The final policy has not been issued because we are finalizing the guidance dealing with hospital certifications and disasters.

    Based on feedback from LWPs, we thought it would be helpful for you to be aware of this upcoming change so that you may begin to educate your participants that they will be required to bring their proofs in at each certification and recertification appointment or benefits will not be issued. The state will provide a poster that you can print and hang up in your agency. That poster will be sent as soon as possible. It is in the approval process now. If you have any questions or comments, please contact your district TA staff.

Attachments:
WIC Food List - What's New Effective 9/30/13
WIC-8 Request Form
Core Nutrition Messages - USDA