The Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children distributes WIC cards, which function as electronic benefits transfer cards, for children and pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women in a certain income bracket. New Mexico's eWIC cards are reloaded with new funds each month. The cards are valid for purchasing groceries with nutritional value, as well as infant formula and baby food. If you're a New Mexico resident using an eWIC card but aren't sure how much credit is left on it, you can check its balance by phone, by receipt, online or via the WICShopper smartphone application.
To check your balance online, visit the ebtEdge website and make sure to have your card on hand. Enter your electronic benefits transfer card number, found on your card above your name, into the web page's login box. You'll then be able to log into your EBT account and check your New Mexico eWIC card balance, as well as your transaction history and record of purchases. The site also offers hints for how to use your card most effectively and lets you access your EBT reports and documentation.
Using the WICShopper App
The WicShopper smartphone application is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play for WIC card users in only a handful of states, including New Mexico. Download the app and register your eWIC card, and the app will capture and store an image of your remaining benefits. You can also use the app to scan products while you're shopping to check their WIC eligibility.
In most states where WICShopper is eligible, users can load their EBT benefits right in the app and use the app to live-check the remaining funds on their cards. New Mexico, however, uses an "offline" WIC program, which can't live-load client benefits into the app. Still, users can capture and store images of their remaining funds to have on hand while using the app.
If you're not particularly tech-savvy, or you're looking for an alternative method of checking your eWIC card balance, you can also find it on your receipts or by phone. Whenever you use your eWIC card to make a purchase, you should be able to find your remaining funds listed on the bottom of your receipt. Otherwise, you can call the New Mexico Human Services Department's Customer Service Center at 800-283-4465 to check the balance of your eWIC card over the phone.
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