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WIC supplemental foods meet the special nutritional needs of eligible pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, infants, and children up to 5 years old.

New! Temporary Increase to Fruits and Vegetables Benefit

Starting in June, WIC will temporarily increase the Fruit and Vegetable Benefit (or Cash-Value Benefit) to $35. Each WIC participant 12 months and older will receive the increased benefit.

The fruits and vegetables benefit increase will begin on June 1, 2021, and will be effective for four months—June, July, August, and September. Benefits are good for 30 days from the date they are issued. September benefits may be used in October, depending on the date they are issued.

The increased fruits and vegetables benefit can be used at any approved WIC store or any farmer currently accepting the WIC Card.

Return to Pre-COVID-19 Authorized Foods

On June 1, 2021, WIC will return to the regular WIC Authorized Food List. The expanded food choices made available when stores were sold-out of regular WIC foods will no longer be authorized.

WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide

The WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (Shopping Guide) is an educational tool that provides information about the foods authorized by WIC.

It is designed for participants and WIC authorized vendors to use at the grocery store to help identify WIC foods.

The current Shopping Guide became effective on April 2, 2019. The Shopping Guide is reviewed and revised periodically. In addition to this webpage, the Shopping Guide can be found on the MyFamily website.

April 2, 2019 Shopping Guide CoverWIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - April 2, 2019 (Revised) - English (PDF)

WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - April 2, 2019 (Revised) - Spanish (PDF)

Major Food Changes for April 2, 2019 (PDF)

2019 Shopping Guide Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Contract Infant Formula Flyer - English (PDF)

Contract Infant Formula Flyer - Spanish (PDF)

 Tips for Buying Lactose-Free Milk: English (PDF) | Alternate 1 (PDF) | Alternate 2 (PDF) | Alternate 3 (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

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