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 Formula – Starting October 1, 2022

Texas WIC currently has a contract with Similac for all standard infant formulas. On October 1, the contract for standard milk-based infant formula will change to Enfamil. The soy formula contract will continue with Similac Soy Isomil. 

On October 1, Texas WIC will change the baby formulas offered to: 

  • Enfamil Infant
  • Enfamil Gentlease
  • Enfamil A.R. 
  • Enfamil Reguline
  • Similac Soy Isomil

Mead Johnson, the makers of Enfamil, is working to increase the supply of Enfamil products in Texas so they will be available for WIC families. 

To help WIC families during this transition, Texas WIC will continue to offer temporary alternative options through the end of October.  If Enfamil Infant, Enfamil Gentlease, or Similac Soy Isomil powdered formulas are not available at the store, WIC has temporary options so you can find a formula at the store to meet your baby’s needs. If Enfamil A.R. or Enfamil Reguline are not available at the store, contact your WIC office to discuss formula options. 

Check the formula and size below to see the temporary, alternative options you can get. 

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

How to adjust my baby’s formula

Tips for preparing imported infant formula.

  • plus sign minus sign Enfamil Infant Powder 12.5 oz

    Through October, if Enfamil Infant powder is not available, you can get:

    • Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder 12.7 oz
    • Nestle NAN Pro 1 Powder 12.7 oz
    • Similac Advance Powder 12.4 oz
  • plus sign minus sign Enfamil Gentlease Powder 12.4 oz

    Through October, if Enfamil Gentlease powder is not available, you can get:

    • Gerber Good Start SoothePro Powder 12.4 oz
    • Similac Sensitive Powder 12.5 oz
    • Similac Total Comfort Powder 12.6 oz
  • plus sign minus sign Enfamil A.R. Powder 12.9 oz or Enfamil Reguline Powder 12.4 oz

    If Enfamil A. R. powder or Enfamil Reguline powder is not available, contact your WIC office to discuss formula options. You will need to return to the WIC office to update your card.

  • plus sign minus sign Similac Soy Isomil Powder 12.4 oz

    Through October, if Similac Soy Isomil powder is not available, you can get:

    • Enfamil Prosobee Powder 12.9 oz
    • Gerber Good Start Gentle Soy Stage 1 Powder 12.9 oz
  • plus sign minus sign Alternative Soy 20 oz

    Through October, 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

    If you do not already have this size, you will need to return to the WIC office to have your benefits updated to larger can size options. 

  • plus sign minus sign Enfamil Gentlease 27.7 oz

    Through October, if Enfamil Gentlease 27.7 oz is on your WIC card but is not available, you can get:

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

    If you do not already have this size, you will need to return to the WIC office to have your benefits updated to larger can size options. 

  • plus sign minus sign Enfamil Infant 29.4 oz

    Through October, if you have Enfamil Infant 29.4 oz on your WIC card but it is not available at the store, you can get:

    • Aptamil Gold+ Pronutra Biotik Stage 1 Infant 31.7 oz
    • Bubs Organic Grass Fed Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 800 g
    • Bubs Organic Grass Fed Stage 2 (6-12 Months) 800 g
    • Bubs Supreme A2 Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 800 g
    • Bubs Supreme A2 Stage 2 (6-12 Months) 800 g
    • Bubs Easy-Digest Goat Milk Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 800 g
    • Bubs Easy-Digest Goat Milk Stage 2 (6-12 Months) 800 g
    • Gerber Good Start GentlePro Powder 32 oz
    • Gerber Good Start Gentle Powder 27 oz
    • Kendamil EU Classic Milk Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 900 g
    • Kendamil EU Organic Milk Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 800 g
    • Kendamil EU Goat Milk Stage 1 (0-6 Months) 800 g
    • Nestle NAN Pro 1 Powder 28.2 oz

    If you do not already have this size, you will need to return to the WIC office to have your benefits updated to larger can size options. 

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, 61 KB)

New WIC Foods

Texas WIC now offers more choices than ever before. Here are some new foods that are available starting October 1, 2022.

Yogurt

  • New 32 oz. (1 quart) Greek yogurt options are available.
  • Women and children 2-5 get low-fat or nonfat yogurt and one-year-old children get whole milk yogurt.
  • Check your shopping guide to see which brands and flavors are WIC-approved.

Eggs

  • Brown and organic eggs in dozen-sized cartons are now available.
  • Choose any brand of eggs.

Peanut Butter

  • Organic peanut butter in 16 to 18 oz. jars is now available.
  • Choose any brand of peanut butter.
  • Make sure it is labeled peanut butter and not peanut butter spread, as spreads are not WIC-eligible.

Whole Wheat Pasta

  • You can now choose any brand of whole wheat pasta in 16 oz. packages.

Tortillas

  • You can now choose any brand of whole wheat or corn tortillas in 16 oz. packages

Infant Cereal

  • Additional brands of infant cereal are now available in 8 oz. or 16 oz. containers.
  • Choose from Beech-Nut, Earth’s Best or Gerber.
  • Items with added ingredients, such as fruit, are not WIC-approved.

Instant Oatmeal Packets

  • Quaker Instant Oatmeal Packets in 11.8 oz and 23.7 oz. are now available and count as breakfast cereal benefits.
  • 16 oz. cannisters of oatmeal are still available as a choice for your whole grain benefit.

Fully breastfeeding women get canned fish from WIC, and there will be even more to choose from starting August 1, 2022.

Chunk Light Tuna

  • Choose any brand in a 2.5 to 12 oz. can or pouch
  • Packed in water, oil or vegetable broth

Pink Salmon

  • Choose any brand in a 2.5 to 14.75 oz. can or pouch
  • Packed in water or oil

Sardines

  • Choose any brand in a 4 to 15 oz. can
  • Packed in water, oil, tomato sauce, hot sauce, mustard or with lemon

Mackerel (Atlantic, Pacific Chub or Jack)

  • Choose any brand in a 4 to 15 oz. can
  • Packed in water, oil or with lemon

Not WIC Approved

  • Flavored, albacore, tongol, yellowfin or wild skipjack tuna.
  • Flavored, smoked, sockeye or red salmon.
  • King mackerel.
  • Premium brands or items with olives, peppers or jalapeños.

Fruit and Vegetable Benefit

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. 

Check back for more information soon.

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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