Nutrition & WIC Foods

WIC Foods

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

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

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

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

 

*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

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.

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