November 21, 2018
VINITA, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation is advising its Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clients in Vinita to get their supplies from a vendor list of more than 60 while the tribe works diligently with the Vinita Walmart and Carter’s Food Center to determine why machines recently stopped processing WIC cards.
The Cherokee Nation Vinita Health Center has 175 clients who participate in the WIC program.
The tribe’s WIC program is a federally-funded program that provides pregnant or nursing women, infants and children 5 years old and younger with healthy food from WIC-authorized grocery stores.
The tribe issues all of its WIC clients a debit-like WIC card with a chip. The WIC cards are processed at all other Walmart stores and vendors in the Cherokee Nation’s 14 counties without issue.
“We’re not sure why we are having trouble in these two locations, but Cherokee Nation Health Administration is aware and working with our IT department and these two locations to resolve this so that our clients can have convenient options to pick up their necessary supplies,” Executive Director of Health Services Dr. Charles Grim said. “It’s important that our youngest Cherokee citizens have the milk, formula and other nutritional necessities they need, so we encourage families to use these other vendors until machines process the cards at the two locations.”
For more information, call Tina Gonzales at 918-316-6780 or Pam Wedding at 918-316-3166, or contact WIC at 918-453-5589.