DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County’s Women, Infant, and Children program is transitioning to an electronic benefit transfer system starting March 3.

WIC is a federally funded program that provides healthy food, nutrition education and counseling to needy families.

“The WIC Program is going high-tech which means Volusia families will have the opportunity to purchase their nutritious groceries with an electronic card rather than the paper vouchers,” said Dr. Bonnie J. Sorensen, director of the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County.

The WIC offices in Volusia County will be closed from Monday through Feb. 28 to allow the system upgrades.

Florida is one of the largest states ready for completion of the EBT system. The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 mandated each state agency to implement an EBT system by Oct. 1, 2020.