When customers are struggling financially and can't afford to buy certain necessities, WIC offers a helping hand. Created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1974, the Women, Infant and Children's program (WIC) is funded by the federal government and provides eligible recipients with money to purchase various essentials. Many small businesses and most major retailers accept WIC but there are very specific requirements that customers have to meet to qualify. Based on the most recent statistics available, families' take-home pay must be 185 percent of the U.S. poverty level or lower to participate. Recipients once paid for their groceries items primarily through paper-based vouchers, but today use electronic benefit cards. All state agencies must be electronic benefit transfer (EBT) compliant by October 2020.