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Jan 27

Understanding the intersection between WIC and SNAP

If you own a small retail grocery, odds are you hold some license, be it ABC, WIC, and or SNAP. The Women’s Infants and Children’s Program is a state regulated program, serving persons of lesser incomes, by regulating prices on certain foods sold at the grocery, using an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) card. SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is, essentially, the federal version of WIC. If your store is alleged to have violated WIC, be very cautious in how you defend the allegation. Though all stores in Kentucky are notified that a WIC violation may result in suspension of their SNAP license, the reality is that it can be as many as 5 years after that notification that a SNAP disqualification can occur based on the WIC disqualification. An alleged WIC violation is afforded some due process, in that the store is entitled to a hearing, and, after that, has appeal rights. The store’s WIC license will not be disqualified during that time. However, if the store is disqualified under WIC, a subsequent SNAP disqualification may follow, years later, with practically NO due process protections, and no right to a hearing. Therefore, when a store has both WIC and SNAP license, when defending a WIC violation, be aware your due process will be at the state level WIC hearing, and that is likely the only due process you will receive for BOTH the WIC and SNAP licenses.

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