Lucy just had a baby, and her household income is 100K. As a gift, a church member gave her WIC products. Should she accept the give and feed it to her baby, or figure out an alternative?
Accept the gift and give it to someone less fortunate.
My parents owned a laundromat for years. Sometimes my dad would accept govt cheese in trade for laundry. His thinking was they had more than they could eat & needed laundry. We had 4 kids & could use the cheese. Win-Win. Illegal? Yes. Immoral? No.
She paid taxes so she paid for them.
WIC items? They're just regular grocery store items. WIC is just the program that pays for them. Have you considered that she might be judging people? Was it a joke? Did she mean WIC items as in bread, eggs, milk, cheese and PB? Or legit WIC?
I took it to mean legit WIC.
Beach is right. In order for purchases to be "WIC" you have to bring basically a gift certificate to the cashier it lists the food items you can get right on the slip. It may say 12oz box of Cheerios.
The giver may have bought baby formula or cereal using a WIC certificate and gave them as a gift to the rich lady. Silly because the items are intended for the WIC recipient and her child.
WIC doesn't make any products.
I just want to know how it's determined that it was bought with a WIC voucher. I would assume if someone bought me a can of formula and a box of rice cereal that it was just the standard baby shower gifts, but if I knew for sure... Accept it. LOL
How would she know they were WIC products?
I will ask her next time I see them.
Idk what that is as well
Government funded necessities for children.
Well the way they are purchased is where the government is involved. They are regular products. It's like food stamps, but only on very few items.
Take it for sure. You paid for it.
As a gift, I would feel obligated to take, use, and appreciate it regardless of how much my income was. Its the polite thing to do. As Shelly points out below, wic items are normal items available under the program. If I was comfortable enough, I
Would suggest donating it to the food bank instead. In the end, it bums me out this is an issue. People have baby showers and weddings showers regardless of their income. Gifts are not mandatory.
I asked because the household does not need government assistance, but it was a gift.
First - WIC products are just food, not marked in some way - so Lucy would never know. And if they baby was just born it would have to be formula, which probably means WIC gave the friend too much or the friend's baby was switched to another
Kind. If Lucy isn't breast feeding I see no problem with using the formula - it will just go to waste without being used
I wondered how my church member knew; I will have to ask.
They are being a little too nosy if they are fully aware of everybody's income and situation if you ask me.
This is a true story!
...That happened at my church