Retail Food Stores
WIC Vendor Selection Criteria for Retail Food Stores
- The applicant vendor must hold a current, valid Food Stamp Authorization (SNAP). (This criterion does not need to be met if denying authorization of the applicant would result in inadequate access)
- The WIC participant/vendor ratio in the zip code area of the applicant vendor must be more than 75 participants per WIC vendor OR
- There must be a participating WIC vendor who redeems more than $5,000 in WIC checks in the previous month within a 10 block/half mile walking distance of the applicant vendor OR
- The applicant vendor had annual total sales in the previous calendar year of more then 3 million dollars in New York.
- If the applicant vendor has, within 60 days from the date of application, assumed ownership of an authorized WIC Vendor: The criteria set forth in #2 will not apply if the previous owner redeemed more than 25 checks per month. The criteria set forth in #2 must be met if the previous owner redeemed fewer than 25 checks per month.(The criterion does not need to be met if denying authorization of the applicant would result in inadequate participant access)
- The applicant vendor must stock and maintain New York State Department of Health WIC Acceptable foods. The minimum stock requirements are set forth in the New York State Department of Health WIC Program Vendor Minimum Stock Requirements.
- The applicant vendor’s prices must be reasonable as compared to other vendors contracted with the VMA. Reasonable shall be defined by calculating the applicant vendor’s selling price of the VMA’s most commonly prescribed formula check for an infant and the two most commonly prescribed check patterns containing multiple foods for a woman or child. (This criterion does not need to be met if denying authorization of the applicant would result in inadequate participant access)
- The applicant vendor must have reasonable hours of operations. Reasonable is defined as operating a minimum of 6 days per week, eight hours per day.
- Vendors must purchase infant formula from the Approved Infant Formula List.
- Business integrity will be considered when determining eligibility for selection as a vendor. Activities indicating a lack of business integrity include, but are not limited to the following: fraud, receiving stolen property, antitrust violation, obstruction of justice, embezzlement, theft, or forgery, conspiracy, bribery, arson, falsification or destruction of records, making false statements or claims, official records of removal from any federal, state or local programs. Other evidence reflecting on the business integrity and reputation of the applicant
The New York State WIC program will not contract with any vendor that has been disqualified from a USDA, Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program during the last six (6) years or if any of the vendor applicant’s current owners, officers, or managers have civil judgment entered against them for, or have been convicted of, any activity indicating a lack of business integrity. WIC Vendor Management will determine which offenses apply. The vendor must have and maintain a positive compliance history with any and all FNS programs, if currently or formerly a vendor for those programs.