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!

A new temporary fruit and vegetable dollar amount increase is available through the end of December. 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 October, November and December 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 October or November, your WIC office may contact you for a time to update your benefits. Contact your local WIC office if you have any questions. 

In January, 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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