Special WIC Food Updates

Texas WIC has temporarily added more options for the milk, bread, rice, pasta and eggs that you can buy at the grocery store.

Special WIC Food Updates

 

Changes to WIC Foods

 

Attention WIC Shoppers. Check out what’s new with WIC foods.

Baby and Toddler Powdered Formula Recall - Updated 5/19/2022 at 8:05 a.m.

Many stores are starting to restock Similac Advance that was made at a different facility than the one impacted by the recall. If you find Similac Advance in the size that is on your shopping list or the benefits section of the myTexasWIC app, you can get it without making any updates to your card. 

Due to the formula recall, you may not be able to find the formula that your baby usually takes. If you can’t find Similac Advance, Similac Total Comfort, Similac Sensitive, or Similac for Spit-Up powdered formulas, WIC has temporarily added more options so you can find a formula at the store to meet your baby’s needs without updating your card. Check your baby’s formula below to see what options are available for you.

If you can’t find any of these brands or sizes at the store, contact your WIC office. You may need to return to the WIC office to have your benefits updated to larger can size options. 

Information for WIC Vendors

  • plus sign minus sign Similac Advance Powder 12.4 oz

    If you find Similac Advance in the size that is on your shopping list or the benefits section of the myTexasWIC app, you can get it without making any updates to your card. 

    Through August, if you can’t find Similac Advance powder you can get:

    • Enfamil Infant 12.5 oz
    • Gerber Good Start Gentle 12.7 oz
    • HEB Baby Advantage 12.4 oz at HEB
    • Nestle Nan Pro 1 12.7 oz
    • Parent’s Choice Infant 12.5 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Advantage 12.4 oz at Walmart
  • plus sign minus sign Similac Total Comfort Powder 12.6 oz

    Through August, if you can’t find Similac Total Comfort powder you can get:

    • Enfamil Gentlease 12.4 oz
    • Enfamil Reguline Powder 12.4 oz
    • Gerber Good Start SoothePro 12.4 oz
    • Parent’s Choice Gentle 12.0 oz at Walmart 
  • plus sign minus sign Similac Sensitive Powder 12.5 oz

    Through August, if you can’t find Similac Sensitive powder you can get:

    • HEB Baby Sensitive 12 oz at HEB 
    • Parent’s Choice Sensitivity 12 oz at Walmart
  • plus sign minus sign Similac Soy Isomil Powder 12.4 oz

    Through August, if you can’t find Similac Soy Isomil you can get:

    • Enfamil Prosobee Powder 12.9 oz 
    • Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy Stage 1 Powder 12.9 oz
  • plus sign minus sign Similac for Spit Up Powder 12.5 oz

    Through August, if you can’t find Similac for Spit-Up powder you can get:

    • Enfamil AR 12.9 oz  
    • Enfamil AR 19.5 oz  

     

  • plus sign minus sign Similac Alimentum Powder 12.1 oz

    If you can’t find Similac Alimentum powdered formula contact your health care provider to determine the best alternative for your baby.

    This is a hypoallergenic formula and is prescribed for a specific reason. Your doctor can help you choose a new formula to meet your baby’s medical needs. You will need a new prescription and to contact your WIC office to update your benefits.

    If you are prescribed Generic Hypoallergenic Powder 12.6 oz on your WIC card you can get:  

    • Comforts Hypoallergenic Powder 12.6 oz at Kroger
    • HEB Baby Hypoallergenic Powder 12.6 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Powder 12.6 oz at Walmart
    • Tippy Toes Hypoallergenic 12.6 oz at Brookshire

    If you are prescribed Generic Hypoallergenic Powder 19.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:  

    • HEB Baby Hypoallergenic Powder 19.8 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Powder 19.8 oz at Walmart
    • Signature Care Hypoallergenic Powder 19.8 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Up & Up Hypoallergenic Powder 19.8 oz at Target

    If you are prescribed Generic Hypoallergenic Powder 27.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:  

    • Parent’s Choice Hypoallergenic Powder 27.8 oz at Walmart
  • plus sign minus sign Similac PM 60/40 Powder 14.1 oz

    If you can’t find Similac PM 60/40 powdered formula contact your health care provider to determine the best alternative for your baby.

    This is a highly specialized formula and is prescribed for a specific reason. Your doctor can help you choose a new formula to meet your baby’s medical needs. You will need a new prescription and to contact your WIC office to update your benefits.

  • plus sign minus sign EleCare DHA/ARA Powder 14.1 oz

    If you can’t find EleCare DHA/ARA powdered formula contact your health care provider to determine the best alternative for your baby.

    This is a highly specialized formula and is prescribed for a specific reason. Your doctor can help you choose a new formula to meet your baby’s medical needs. You will need a new prescription and to contact your WIC office to update your benefits.

  • plus sign minus sign EleCare Jr. Powder 14.1 oz

    If you can’t find EleCare Jr. powdered formula contact your health care provider to determine the best alternative for your child.

    This is a highly specialized formula and is prescribed for a specific reason. Your doctor can help you choose a new formula to meet your child’s medical needs. You will need a new prescription and to contact your WIC office to update your benefits.

  • plus sign minus sign Temporary larger can size options

    You may need to return to the WIC office to have your benefits updated to larger can size options. 

    Through August, if you have Alternative Soy, 20 oz on your WIC card you can get: 

    • Enfamil Prosobee Powder 20.9 oz
    • Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy Stage 1 Powder 20 oz
    • HEB Soy Infant Powder 22 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Soy Infant Powder 22 oz at Walmart
    • Tippy Toes Soy Infant Powder 22 oz at Brookshire

    Through August, if you have Similac PRO Total Comfort, 20.1 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Enfamil Gentlease Powder 19.9 oz
    • Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease 19.5 oz
    • Enfamil Reguline Powder 19.5 oz
    • Gerber Good Start SoothePro 19.4 oz
    • HEB Baby Complete Comfort 22.5 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Complete Comfort Powder 22.5 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Gentle Powder 21.5 oz at Walmart
    • Signature Care Gentle Powder 21.5 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Tippy Toes Gentle 21.5 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Gentle Powder 21.5 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac PRO Total Comfort 29.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Enfamil Gentlease Powder 27.7 oz
    • Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease Powder 27.4 oz
    • Gerber Good Start SoothePro 30.6 oz
    • HEB Baby Complete Comfort 29.8 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Complete Comfort Powder 29.8 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Gentle Powder 34 oz at Walmart
    • Tippy Toes Gentle 33.2 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Complete Comfort 29.8 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac Sensitive Powder 20.1 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Comforts Sensitivity 22.5 oz at Kroger
    • HEB Baby Sensitivity 22.5 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Sensitivity Powder 22.5 oz at Walmart
    • Signature Care Sensitivity Powder 22.5 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Tippy Toes Sensitive 22.5 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Sensitivity Powder 22.5 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac Sensitive Powder 29.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Comforts Sensitivity 33.2 oz at Kroger
    • HEB Baby Sensitivity 33.2 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Sensitivity 34 oz at Walmart
    • Tippy Toes Sensitive 33.2 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Sensitivity Powder 33.2 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac for Spit Up Powder 19.5 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Parent’s Choice AR 21.5 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice AR Powder 32.2 oz
    • Up & Up AR Powder 32.2 oz

    Through August, if you have Similac Advance 20.6 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Comforts Advantage Powder 23.2 oz at Kroger
    • HEB Baby Advantage 23.2 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Advantage Powder 23.2 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Infant Formula 22.2 oz at Walmart
    • Signature Care Infant Formula Powder 23.2 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Signature Care Infant Premium Powder 22.2 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Tippy Toes Advantage 23.2 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Advantage Powder 23.2 oz at Target
    • Up & Up Infant Powder 19.8 oz at Target
    • Up & Up Infant Powder 22.2 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac Advance 30.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Comforts Advantage Powder 35 oz at Kroger
    • HEB Baby Advantage 35 oz at HEB
    • Parent’s Choice Advantage Powder 35 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Infant Formula Powder 35 oz at Walmart
    • Parent’s Choice Tender Powder 32 oz at Walmart
    • Signature Care Advantage Powder 35 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Signature Care Infant Formula Powder 35 oz at Albertsons, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Fiesta
    • Tippy Toes Advantage 35 oz at Brookshire
    • Tippy Toes Infant Powder 35 oz at Brookshire
    • Up & Up Advantage Powder 35 oz at Target
    • Up & Up Infant Formula 35 oz at Target

    Through August, if you have Similac Pro Advance 20.6 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Earth’s Best Infant 21 oz
    • Enfamil Infant Powder 21.1 oz
    • Enfamil NeuroPro Powder 20.7 oz
    • Gerber Good Start GentlePro 20 oz

    Through August, if you have Similac Pro Advance 30.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Enfamil Infant Powder 29.4 oz
    • Enfamil NeuroPro Powder 28.3 oz
    • Gerber Good Start GentlePro 32 oz
    • Nestle Nan Pro 1 Powder 28.2 oz 
    • Similac 360 Total Care Powder 30.8 oz

    Through August, if you have Similac Pro Sensitive Powder 20.1 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Earth’s Best Sensitive 21 oz
    • Enfamil NeuroPro Sensitive 19.5 oz

    Through August, if you have Similac Pro Sensitive Powder 29.8 oz on your WIC card you can get:

    • Earth’s Best Sensitive 32 oz
    • Similac 360 Total Sensitive Powder 30.2 oz

Formula Recall

There is a recall of Similac, Similac PM 60/40, Alimentum, EleCare and EleCare Jr. powdered formulas. If you use powdered formula, follow these steps: 

  1. Check to see if your formula has been recalled at similacrecall.com.  
  2. If recalled, do NOT use it.  
  3. Return it to the store or call the manufacturer at 800-986-8540 for replacement.  

If your formula is not included in the recall, you can keep using it.  

Read more about the recall from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Contact your baby’s health care provider if they recently drank one of these products and is experiencing fever, not eating well, excessive crying or low energy as well as other serious symptoms.

Information for WIC Vendors

Download the list of alternative powdered formulas to find updated universal product codes (UPCs) for temporary items that are currently uploaded to the Texas WIC’s approved product list. Texas WIC will continue to update this list as more options become available.

Temporary Alternative Powdered Formulas (PDF, 72 KB)

New Temporary Fruit and Vegetable Benefit Increase!

A new temporary fruit and vegetable dollar amount increase is available through the end of September. This extension has different dollar amounts based on your category. Eligible clients will receive the following:

For example, if you are pregnant and have two children (ages 1-5) receiving WIC, you will get $91 ($43 mom + $24 child + $24 child = $91) each month in April, May and June to buy fruit and vegetables. 

You will see this new amount on your shopping list under your benefit amount. If you already have benefits on your card for April, May or June, contact your local WIC office for a time to update your benefits. 

In October, the benefit amount will return to $11 for pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women and $9 for children 1 to 5 years old. 

You can use this fruit and vegetable benefit to buy fruits and vegetables in the following forms: 

  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Cans, glass jars and plastic containers

You can choose organic or regular, single or mixed items in any package size. Learn how to make the most out of your fruit and vegetables benefits with this quick video. For more information on what you can get with WIC benefits download the latest version of the shopping app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for the shopping guide and latest WIC information. 

New WIC Foods

Texas WIC now offers more choices than ever before. Here are some new foods that are available starting October 1, 2021.

Cheese

  • Swiss, provolone and muenster cheese are now available.
  • Remember to look for the pink WIC sticker when shopping for cheese.

Soy Milk

  • Shelf-stable and 32-ounce packages are now available.
  • Check the Shopping Guide for more information on brands and sizes available.

Cereal, Oatmeal and Yogurt

New brands available, including organic varieties. Brands and sizes are listed in the Shopping Guide.

Here are some new foods that became available on October 1, 2020.

Brown Rice

  • Choose any brand instead of just the pink WIC sticker brand.
  • Instant brown rice is now available.

Baby Cereal

  • Organic Gerber oatmeal and rice cereal are now available.

Lactose-Free Milk

  • Lactose-free milk with added calcium is now available.

Canned and Dried Beans

  • Choose any brand instead of just the pink WIC sticker brand. 
  • Any type of bean is now available.

Juice

  • Cranberry apple and cranberry grape juices are now available.

Baby Food — Fruits and Vegetables

  • Refrigerated, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable baby food are now available.
  • These can be found in a special refrigerated section near the baby food or the kids’ yogurt aisles.

Fruits and Vegetables in cans, glass jars and plastic containers

  • Available in addition to fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.
  • Fruit items have to be packed in water or juice, with no added sugar or syrup.
  • Vegetables cannot have added ingredients like breading or meat.

Temporary WIC Approved Foods Update

To get your family what it needs during these difficult time, Texas WIC has temporarily added more options for some WIC foods. If your store is sold out of the following WIC foods, you may be able to buy additional items that aren’t usually available through WIC.

Milk

  • Clients who are issued fat-free, ½% or 1% milk can choose: 
    • 2% milk and low-fat or non-fat options that include calcium-fortified, high-protein, organic, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3 milks.
  • Clients who are issued whole milk can choose:
    • Whole milk options that include calcium-fortified, high-protein, organic, DHA and omega-3 milks.
  • Flavored milk is NOT WIC Approved. 
  • Size: gallon, half-gallon or quart containers. 

Lactose-Free Milk

  • Clients who are issued skim or 1% lactose-free milk can choose:
    • 2%, low-fat or non-fat lactose-free milk options that include high protein and organic milks.
  • Clients who are issued whole lactose-free milk can choose:
    • Lactose-free whole milk options that include high protein and organic milks.
  • Flavored milk is NOT WIC Approved.
  • Size: half-gallon containers.

Whole-Wheat Bread

  • Any brand and size up to 24 oz.
  • Must say “100% whole wheat.”

Whole-Wheat Pasta

  • Any brand of whole-wheat pasta. 
  • Size: 16 oz. package. 

Eggs

  • Any dozen, half-dozen or 18-count carton of eggs. 
  • Includes brown, pasture-raised, free-range and organic eggs.

myTexasWIC Shopping App Update

Download the latest version of the shopping app on the Google Play Store or Apple App Store for the shopping guide and latest WIC information.  

As a reminder, if an item scans as WIC Approved, make sure that you have active benefits on your food package for these items.

Important Scanning Tip 
If the store is sold out of a pink sticker item and you scan a replacement item and the app says, “not WIC approved,” ask a store staff member for assistance. You may still be able to purchase the item with WIC because of the food flexibilities.

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