Nutrition & WIC Foods

WIC Foods

The WIC Food Package provides a variety of foods to help support your family’s nutritional well-being.

**Starting June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 women and children participating in WIC will receive $35.00 for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables per month. The extra money is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act that was passed on March 11, 2021.

For more information on WIC Foods and Shopping Tips, download the WICShopper App.

Fresh fruits and vegetables

  • Any variety of fresh, whole, or cut fruits or vegetables
  • Bagged salad mixes
  • Bagged fruits or vegetables

 

*Starting June 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021 women and children participating in WIC will receive $35 for fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables per month.  The extra money is provided by the American Rescue Plan Act that was passed on March 11, 2021.

Frozen fruits and vegetables

  • Any variety of whole, cut, or mixed
  • Frozen beans such as lima beans, edamame, or black-eyed peas
  • Fruit packed in juice or water
  • Vegetables with or without salt

Milk

  • Any brand, pasteurized
  • Fat free (skim)
  • Low fat (1%)
  • Whole (1-year-olds only)
  • Ask a Nutrition Specialist about the following:
    • Lactose free
    • Evaporated
    • Dry, powdered
    • Acidophilus
    • Chocolate milk
    • Powdered goat milk (Meyenberg brand only)
    • Evaporated goat milk (Meyenberg brand only)

 

WIC Shopping Tips
1 = 1 gallon
0.75 = ½ gallon + 1 quart
0.5 = ½ gallon
0.25 = 1 quart

Cheese

  • Any brand
  • 8 or 16 ounce packages
  • Shredded, block, or mozzarella string cheese
  • Cheddar, Colby, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella

Yogurt

  • 24 or 32 ounce containers
  • 8 or 16 count 2 oz yogurt tubes
  • Nonfat
  • Low fat
  • Whole (1-year-olds only)
  • Plain or flavored
  • Regular or Greek
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

Eggs

  • Any brand
  • One dozen containers
  • Grade A, large
  • White or brown

Soy beverage

  • Half gallons (64 ounces)
  • Approved brands: 
    • Silk: Original
    • 8th Continent: Original or Vanilla
    • Great Value: Original

Tofu

  • 16 oz packages
  • Approved brands: 
    • Azumaya: Silken, Firm, Extra Firm
    • House Foods: Medium Firm, Firm, Extra Firm

Whole wheat bread or buns

  • Packages must say “100% whole wheat”
  • Loaves of bread or sandwich, hamburger, or hot dog buns
  • Whole wheat listed as first ingredient
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

Tortillas

  • 16 oz package, soft shell only
  • Corn-Yellow or White
  • Whole Wheat
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

Brown rice

  • Any brand, plain
  • Regular: 16 oz package or box
  • Instant or boil in bag: 14-16 oz package or box

Oatmeal

  • 16 oz containers
  • Quick or old fashioned
  • Approved brands:
    • Best Choice
    • Mom’s Best
    • Our Family

Whole wheat pasta

  • Any brand
  • Any shape
  • 16 oz package

Breakfast cereal and hot cereal

  • 12 oz packages or larger
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

 

WIC Shopping Tips

How to buy 36 oz of cereal:

  • 3-12 oz boxes
  • 2-18 oz boxes
  • 1-24 oz box + 1-12 oz box
  • 1-36 oz box

Beans, peas, lentils

  • Any brand
  • 16 oz bags, dried
  • 15 or 16 oz cans
  • Regular, low-salt, or no-salt
  • Examples:
    • Black
    • Black-eyed
    • Butter
    • Garbanzo (Chickpea)
    • Great Northern
    • Kidney
    • Lentils
    • Lima
    • Navy
    • Pinto
    • Red
    • Soy

 

WIC Shopping Tips

  • 1 can of beans = 0.25
  • 2 cans of beans = 0.50
  • 3 cans of beans = 0.75
  • 4 cans of beans = 1

Peanut butter

  • Any brand
  • 16-18 oz jar
  • Crunchy or chunky
  • Creamy or smooth
  • Lower sodium
  • Reduced sugar

Chunk light tuna or pink salmon*

  • Any brand
  • 5 oz or larger cans or pouches
  • Water or oil packed
  • Regular or low sodium

 

*Available only for exclusively breastfed infants and mothers who are expecting multiples

Frozen 100% juice

  • 11.5-12 oz containers
  • Added calcium or vitamin D is allowed
  • Apple juice
  • Grape juice
  • Orange juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

Bottled 100% juice

  • 64 oz bottles
  • Added calcium or vitamin D is allowed
  • Blended fruit juice
  • Apple juice
  • Grape juice
  • Orange juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Pineapple juice
  • Pear Juice
  • Tomato or vegetable juice
  • For approved brands, download the WICShopper App.

Infant fruits and vegetables

  • 4 oz containers (jars or twin packs)
  • Stage 2 or 2+
  • Single or mixed flavors
  • Approved brands: Beech-Nut Stage 2, Beech-Nut Stage 2 Organics, Gerber 2nd Foods, Gerber Organic 2nd Foods, Tippy Toes Stage 2, Tippy Toes Organic Stage 2, Happy Baby Organic Stage 2, Earth’s Best Organic Stage 2

At 9 months, infants may receive fresh fruit and vegetable money:

  • $4.00 for infants receiving formula from WIC
  • $8.00 for infants who are exclusively breastfed

WIC Shopping Tips

  • 128 oz = 32 single jars or 16 twin packs
  • 64 oz = 16 single jars or 8 twin packs
  • 256 oz* = 64 single jars or 32 twin packs

*Available only for exclusively breastfed infants

Infant meats*

  • 2.5 oz containers 
  • Single flavor
  • Beef, chicken, ham, or turkey
  • Approved brands: Beech-Nut Stage 1, Gerber 2nd Foods, Tippy Toes Stage 2, Earth’s Best Organic

*Available only for exclusively breastfed infants

WIC Shopping Tip

  • 77.5 oz = 31 jars

Infant cereal

  • 8 or 16 oz packages
  • Barley, multigrain, oatmeal, rice, or whole wheat
  • Approved brands: Beech-Nut, Gerber, Tippy Toes, Gerber Organic, Earth’s Best

Infant formula

  • The Iowa WIC program’s primary contract infant formula is:
    • Similac Advance (12.4 oz container)
    • Similac Soy (12.4 oz container)
    • Similac Sensitive (12.5 oz container)
    • Similac Total Comfort (12.6 oz container)
    • Similac Spit Up (12.5 oz. container)

*If your infant has a medical condition that requires a formula different from Similac Advance, Similac Soy, Similac Sensitive, Similac Spit Up or Similac Total Comfort a WIC Nutrition Specialist will work with your primary physician to ensure you receive the most appropriate formula for your baby’s nutritional needs. Click here to contact a WIC Nutrition Specialist.

Starting June 1, 2021 Women And Children Will Receive $35 For Fruits And Vegetables.