New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law allowing New Jersey residents receiving benefits under the federal Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children — known as WIC — to use their monthly funds toward online food purchases.
Currently, WIC recipients are only allowed to buy approved products in person.
However, the bill signed by the governor is a revised version of the original draft which included a provision to allow leftover WIC funds to be rolled over to the next month. That was struck from the final version.
The WIC program is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service within the USDA, but is administered at the State and local level.
In New Jersey, the Department of Health administers the WIC program, in conjunction with WIC Local Agencies in all 21 counties.
The law is effective immediately.