Just to clarify.... Yes, I'm on WIC. No, I am not proud of it. And I most certainly do not feel entitled to it. I am very thankful for the help I get, but there's a few things that bother me with the program.
- For starters, nothing is vertified. When I signed up I showed up with every legal document I had. All they wanted was my son's immunization record and his 'birth certificate'. Not his actual birth certificate, just a memento from the hospital.
- The cashiers don't check, either. Cashiers are supposed to compare my signature on the check to the one on the WIC envelope. Most just glance at the envelope, not the signed part.
- WIC makes me spend more, and they pay for it. One of the many examples is cheese. Every month I get two pounds of cheese at once. My store sells 1lb and 2lb packs. Buying the 2lb is almost a dollar cheaper, but I'm only allowed to get 1lb packs.
- They are not flexible. Every month I get $66 worth of baby jar food, which my son hates. I've asked multiple times if I can trade that for $10 extra in fresh food, and they always say no. And I know I'll get bashed for this, but out of spite I spend all the money, and donate the jars to an orphanage in Mexico. Which brings me to my last point
- Some of the other women I've seen there don't deserve the help. I borrow my mom's 2006 minivan to pick up checks and go grocery shopping. Every single time I park, I have handsdown the worst car there. I don't get how someone can show up in a 2013 SUV and claim they don't have money for food. If it weren't for my parents, I wouldn't be able to get WIC. Their office is an hour+ walk from my house in nice weather, and right now there are several feet of snow outside. I would not expose my son to below freezing temps for two hours to get WIC, and I'm sure there are women in my town who are too poor to get WIC.
I don't think people understood what I meant. I am VERY grateful for the help they give me. I take all the checks, but only use them at the very end of the month IF I need them. However, I have been warned that if I keep doing this they will take away all of my checks, so I am forced to use some.
It is illegal to trade or sell WIC products. I can give them to someone else. To the person who pointed out shipping costs, my brother goes to Mexico every 1-2 months for dentist appointments. I don't pay a dime.
As for the car thing, I guess most of you are right. It is none of my business. The reason I said that was because the last time I picked up checks I had to wait a while, and talked to two women there. Both were suprised and confused that I was trying to get off WIC. One woman, who I've seen a few times I've kept my distance from. I've heard of her through the grapevine, and I think her husband is a big time (as far as local goes) drug dealer. And all three had nice cars, two SUVs. But I still shouldn't judge everyone based off three.
Basically, to sum it all up, it bothers me that WIC doesn't manage their money as well as they could. A few saved cents from each WIC account could quickly add up to more WIC accounts, and they could help more women in need.