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OIG Hotline Information on WIC Food Instruments

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WIC Policy Memorandum #2013-4
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DATE:June 10, 2013
POLICY MEMO:WIC Policy Memorandum #2013-4
SUBJECT:OIG Hotline Information on WIC Food Instruments
TO:Regional Directors
Special Nutrition Programs
All Regions
WIC State Agency Directors
All States

Maintaining a high degree of integrity is paramount to the success of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). As part of our continued efforts to further enhance integrity in the WIC program and pursuant to the Senate Explanatory Statement regarding the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2013, PL 113-6, we are encouraging all WIC state agencies to add the Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General hotline and website to all WIC food instruments (WIC checks, vouchers and electronic benefit transfer cards) or their accompanying folders or sleeves. This will allow participants to report incidents of suspected fraud, waste and abuse more easily.

The following is suggested language for your use:

“Buying, selling or otherwise misusing WIC benefits is a crime. To report suspected abuse, call 800-424-9121 or visit”


“To report fraud, call 800-424-9121 or visit”

Thank you for your cooperation and attention to this important matter.

Supplemental Food Programs Division

Page updated: December 28, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.