What food benefits do WIC participants receive?

WIC participants receive checks or vouchers to purchase specific foods each month that are designed to supplement their diets with specific nutrients that benefit WIC’s target population. WIC foods include:

  • Canned fish
  • Cheese
  • Dried and canned beans/peas
  • Eggs
  • Infant cereal
  • Iron-fortified adult cereal
  • Milk
  • Peanut butter
  • Vitamin C-rich fruit or vegetable juice

The following were recently added to better meet the nutritional needs of WIC participants:

  • Baby foods
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Soy-based beverages
  • Tofu
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Other whole-grain options

WIC recognizes and promotes breastfeeding as the optimal source of nutrition for infants. For women who do not fully breastfeed, WIC provides iron-fortified infant formula. Special infant formulas and medical foods may be provided when prescribed by a physician for a specified medical condition.

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