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.

New Temporary Fruit and Vegetable Benefit Increase

Texas WIC will temporarily increase the fruit and vegetable dollar amount to $35 per person.

You will see this increase on your shopping list under your benefit amount for June through September 2021. If you already have benefits for June or July, your WIC office will contact you for an appointment 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. 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, 2020.

See more information on these new options in the latest Shopping Guide.

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.


  • 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.

Yogurt, Cereal, Pasta and Tofu

  • New brands available. Check the Shopping Guide for more details. 

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.


  • 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. 


  • 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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