AUSTIN, Texas - A pilot program in Texas that has enabled thousands of recipients of a federal nutrition-assistance program to pay for designated food products using a chip-based smart card is being touted as a viable model for a national rollout. WIC - a federal grant program aimed at supporting the nutritional needs of low-income women, infants and children - currently uses a cumbersome paper-based voucher system to distribute benefits for targeted products such as milk, cheese and infant ...

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