WIC vendors are required to train all staff who handle WIC transactions, ensuring their knowledge regarding Maine CDC WIC Nutrition Program procedures and requirements remains current.

Request training for your store online

Vendor Training Guide (PDF) (Revised May 2023)

WIC information for retailers

Food Item Waivers

On August 1, 2023, we will end the food item waivers and update our Approved Product List (APL) to reflect:

  • Cheese - one 12 ounce package - continued
  • Eggs - two 6-count or one 18-count egg carton - discontinued
  • Whole Wheat/Whole Grain Bread - continued
    • Arnold Small Slices 100% Whole Wheat Bread 18 oz
    • Great Value Whole Wheat Bread 20 Oz
    • Nature’s Own 100% Whole Grain Bread 20 Oz
    • Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20 Oz
    • Pepperidge Farm whole Grain Soft Sprouted Bread 22 Oz
    • Sara Lee 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20 Oz
    • Signature Select 100% Whole Wheat Bread 22 Oz
    • Wonder 100% Whole Wheat Bread 20 Oz

Our Food Waver allowed WIC customers to temporarily substitute products (buy food not normally WIC approved (sometimes more than benefits balance)) when product was unavailable in stores.

Case: WIC Customer had a balance of 16 Oz WIC Approved Whole Grain. Item not available in store then they could use their 16 oz WIC approved whole grain benefit to buy a 20 oz loaf of bread. The difference now is that WIC customers must have the available benefit balance in order to redeem 20oz.

Please make sure to download most current APL version available.

Vendor Newsletters

Vendor Newsletters describe important changes and updates in the WIC Nutrition Program and are sent to retailers on a quarterly basis. In order to meet your annual training requirements, you are responsible for reviewing the information included in the newsletter, sharing the information with store staff that process WIC benefits, and document this in your training log.




Store Experience Forms

Vendors: Give feedback on issues involving a WIC participant at your store using our online form. You can also fax a copy of the PDF to us at 207-287-3993

WIC Training Log

Training Log (PDF) is to be maintained on store premises.
Log is to include:

  1. Material Trained
  2. Date of Material
  3. Trainer Name
  4. Trainee Name
  5. Date training completed
  6. Trainee Signature

Log is for all staff who process Maine WIC benefits.

Update Store Information

Do you have new management that needs to get WIC updates, or a new vendor that supplies your store with WIC food? Update store information online.