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FY 2022 WIC FMNP E-Solution (Benefit Delivery Modernization) Grant Summaries

Resource type
Technical Assistance & Guidance
Grants

Overview:
The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program provides a seasonal benefit to WIC participants to use at farmers’ markets, or with farmers, to purchase fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables. The program has always used paper coupons, but with the banking industry and other benefit programs shifting to e-solutions for transactions, this program has an urgent need to modernize in order to continue operating. E-solutions reduce administrative burden for program staff, market managers, farmers, and participants. In FY 22, FNS awarded $1.9 million in grants to 11 state agencies to support WIC FMNP e-solutions.

State Summaries:
State agency: Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Award Amount: $221,007.00
Project Summary: Choctaw Nation will develop a smartphone app so participants can redeem FMNP benefits using a QR code. This project will be carried out in partnership with Chickasaw Nation and Custom Data Processing’s (CDP) Farm Market Direct (FMD) e-solution contractor, as well as Gainwell.

State agency: Connecticut
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Project Summary: Connecticut will transition from the distribution of FMNP paper benefits to a mobile closed-loop EBT payment solution. Connecticut will enter into a contract with SoliSYSTEMS for an e-solution that will make the distribution of benefits more efficient and streamlined and will increase the redemption of FMNP benefits. Participants will be able to use either the SoliMarket Shopper, a mobile app WIC participants can download and use as their mobile wallet to manage e-benefits, or the SoliMarket Shopper Card, a physical card alternative for WIC participants who prefer or need an option other than a smart phone application.

State agency: District of Columbia
Award Amount: $249,628.00
Project Summary: The District of Columbia will enter into a contract with Custom Data Processing to implement FarmMarket Direct e-solution. This mobile system replaces paper vouchers with a QR code which can be printed onto a sticker and placed on a WIC EBT card that links to monthly FMNP benefits in the participant’s account.

State agency: Delaware
Award Amount: $248,934.00
Project Summary: Delaware will enter into a contract with SoliSYSTEMS in time for the start of the 2023 farmer season.

State agency: Kentucky
Award Amount: $50,591.00
Project Summary: Kentucky is working with SoliSYSTEMS to implement SoliMarket, which will move from distributing program benefits from coupons to a closed-loop, EBT solution using a mobile application and/or a card. Kentucky’s goal is to find a solution that meets the needs of both FMNP and SFMNP, which will simplify training and participation for farmers who participate in both programs.

State agency: Louisiana
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Project Summary: Louisiana will replace the use of paper benefits with a closed-loop EBT payment solution from SoliSYSTEMS. Participants will use the SoliMarket Shopper Card that features a QR code and human readable card number to initiate purchases from approved farmers using the SoliMarket Register app.

State agency: Maine
Award Amount: $32,388.00
Project Summary: Maine will modify its existing CVB Platform to include eFMNP capability and implement changes in its SPIRIT MIS to meet the primary goal of the grant opportunity to provide funding to implement an available and tested electronic, mobile WIC FMNP solution.

State agency: Rhode Island
Award Amount: $80,826.00
Project Summary: Rhode Island will enter into a contract with Custom Data Processing to implement FarmMarket Direct e-solution. This mobile system replaces paper vouchers with a QR code which can be printed onto a sticker and placed on a WIC EBT card that links to monthly FMNP benefits in the participant’s account.

State agency: South Carolina
Award Amount: $39,000.00
Project Summary: South Carolina will enter into a contract with SoliSYSTEMS to implement SoliMarket, which will move from distributing program benefits from coupons to a closed-loop, EBT solution using a mobile application and/or a card.

State agency: The Chickasaw Nation
Award Amount: $249,710.00
Project Summary: The Chickasaw Nation will enter into a contract with Custom Data Processing to implement FarmMarket Direct e-solution. This mobile system replaces paper vouchers with a QR code which can be printed onto a sticker and placed on a WIC EBT card that links to monthly FMNP benefits in the participant’s account.

State agency: West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR)
Award Amount: $250,000.00
Project Summary: West Virginia will enter into a contract with Custom Data Processing to implement FarmMarket Direct e-solution. This mobile system replaces paper vouchers with a QR code which can be printed onto a sticker and placed on a WIC EBT card that links to monthly FMNP benefits in the participant’s account.

Updated: 12/14/2022