Food Packages

WIC gives you a monthly food package to buy foods that help you get the nutrients you and your kids need.

Food Packages

 

WIC Foods — Smart choices for healthy meals

 

WIC gives you a monthly food package to buy foods that help you get the nutrients you and your kids need. The foods in your package will change as your needs change and your child grows. Your food package includes foods from this list.

Get Variety with Your WIC Foods

Cereal

  • Iron-fortified and low in sugar
  • Many are whole grain and high in fiber
  • Gluten-free choices

Whole Grain Choices

  • Bread (whole-wheat)
  • Tortillas (corn or whole-wheat)
  • Brown rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole-wheat pasta

Fruits and Vegetables

  • Fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables
  • Vitamin C-rich 100% juice

Dairy/Soy Choices

  • Fat-free and low-fat (1%) milk for women and children 2 to 5 years
  • Whole milk for children 12 to 24 months
  • Cheese
  • Kosher milk and cheese
  • Soy milk and tofu
  • Yogurt

Protein Foods

  • Eggs
  • Dry beans, split peas or lentils
  • Canned beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned tuna and salmon for fully breastfeeding mothers

Baby Foods

  • Baby cereal
  • Baby food fruits and vegetables
  • Baby food meats for fully breastfeeding babies
  • Formula*

*Breastmilk is one of the most important gifts you can give your baby. WIC supports breastfeeding as the best way to feed your baby for as long as you want. If you choose to use formula to feed your baby, WIC wants to help you too. Just know that we can’t give you all the formula your baby might need for the entire month.

  • plus sign minus sign Pregnant Women

    Your WIC foods:

    • Are low in fat and high in fiber.
    • Provide nutritional variety.
    • Help promote a healthy weight gain and a healthy baby.

    Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Whole grains: 1 pound
    • Fruits and vegetables: $11.00
    • Juice: 144 ounces (3 - 12 ounce frozen or 48 fluid ounces)
    • Low-fat or fat-free milk: 4.5 gallons
    • Yogurt or low-fat or fat-free milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 1 pound
    • Eggs: 1 dozen
    • Beans and peanut butter: 1 pound dry or 4 cans and peanut butter 16 to 18 ounce jar

    Before your baby is born, speak to a WIC counselor about choosing one of the three food packages for you and your baby.

  • plus sign minus sign Moms and Fully Breastfeeding Babies

    This food package is the largest and does not contain any formula. Moms and babies can get this food package until baby’s first birthday.

    Fully breastfeeding (feeding your baby only breastmilk) is the healthiest choice for you and your baby and this package gives you the most food. You will receive breastfeeding support throughout your baby’s first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers exclusively breastfeed for the first six months.

    Mom’s Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Whole grains: 1 pound
    • Fruits and vegetables: $11.00
    • Juice: 144 ounces (3 - 12-ounce frozen or 48 fluid ounces)
    • Low-fat or fat-free milk: 5 gallons
    • Yogurt or low-fat or fat-free milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 2 pounds
    • Eggs: 2 dozen
    • Beans and peanut butter: 1 pound dry or 4 cans and 16 to 18 ounce jar of peanut butter
    • Canned tuna and salmon: 30 ounces

    Mothers who are fully breastfeeding multiples (twins, triplets, etc.) will receive additional amounts of foods.

    Baby’s Food Package

    When your baby is age 0-5 months:

    • The best and only food source your baby needs during this time is your breastmilk.

    When your baby is age 6-11 months:

    • Infant cereal: 24 ounces (8 ounce or 16 ounce containers)
    • Baby food fruits and vegetables: 64 containers, 4 ounces each
    • Baby food meats: 31 containers, 2.5 ounces each
  • plus sign minus sign Moms and Partially Breastfeeding Babies

    This package contains less food than the fully breastfeeding food package but more than the formula feeding package, and it includes some formula. The amount of formula will vary depending on how much your baby needs and his or her age. Moms and babies can get this package until baby’s first birthday.

    After the first month of your baby’s life, you can continue to provide only breastmilk or you can choose to combine breastfeeding with formula feeding. If you are using formula, WIC staff will help you figure out how much you need. Use only as much formula as you need, and only when you and your baby are not together or when you cannot provide your pumped milk. Every ounce of your breastmilk counts when it comes to your baby’s health and your health as well.

    As a WIC mom, you will receive breastfeeding support.

    Mom’s Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Whole grains: 1 pound
    • Fruits and vegetables: $11.00
    • Juice: 144 ounces (3 - 12-ounce frozen or 48 fluid ounces)
    • Low-fat or fat-free milk: 4.5 gallons
    • Yogurt or low-fat or fat-free milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 1 pound
    • Eggs: 1 dozen
    • Beans and peanut butter: 1 pound dry or 4 cans and 16 to 18 ounce jar of peanut butter

    Baby’s Food Package

    Breastfeed when you and your baby are together.

    In your baby’s birth month

    • Formula: You may be able to get 1 can of 12.4 ounce powder formula. Ask the staff at your local WIC office.

    When your baby is age 1-3 months

    • Formula: up to 4 cans of 12.4 ounce powder*  

    When your baby is age 4-5 months

    • Formula: up to 5 cans of 12.4 ounce powder*  

    When your baby is age 6-11 months

    • Formula: up to 4 cans of 12.4 ounce powder*
    • Infant cereal: 24 ounces (8 ounce or 16 ounce containers)
    • Baby food fruits and vegetables: 32 containers - 4 ounces each

    *All formula amounts are approximate

  • plus sign minus sign Moms and Formula Feeding Babies

    This is the smallest food package for moms and babies. This package includes more formula than the partially breastfeeding package, but not all the formula your baby may need. The amount of formula will vary depending on the age of your baby. 

    You can also choose to feed your baby only or mostly formula with some breastfeeding. The amount of formula provided by WIC may not be enough to meet the nutritional needs of your baby, so you should breastfeed any time you and your baby are together so you won’t have to buy more formula.

    If you choose this package, your baby will receive the following foods throughout his or her first year. You will receive foods for yourself only during the first six months.

    As a WIC mom, you will receive breastfeeding support.

    Mom’s Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Fruits and vegetables: $11.00
    • Juice: 96 ounces (2 - 12-ounce frozen or 48 fluid ounces)
    • Low-fat or fat-free milk: 3 gallons
    • Yogurt or low-fat or fat-free milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 1 pound
    • Eggs: 1 dozen
    • Beans or peanut butter: 1 pound dry or 4 cans or peanut butter 16 to 18 ounce jar

    The Formula Feeding food package provides these foods for six months after your baby is born. Moms who choose the Fully or Partially Breastfeeding food packages will receive more food for one full year.

    Baby’s Food Package

    Breastfeed when you and your baby are together.

    When your baby is age 0-3 months

    • Formula: up to but no more than 9 cans of 12.4 ounce powder*

    When your baby is age 4-5 months

    • Formula: up to but no more than 10 cans of 12.4 ounce powder*

    When your baby is age 6-11 months

    • Formula: up to but no more than 7 cans - 12.4 ounce powder*
    • Infant cereal: 24 ounces (8-ounce or 16-ounce containers)
    • Baby food fruits and vegetables: 32 containers - 4 ounces each

    *All formula amounts are approximate

  • plus sign minus sign Children 1 to 2 Years

    Your child’s WIC foods:

    • Are low in fat and high in fiber.
    • Provide nutritional variety.
    • Help promote a healthy weight.

    Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Whole grains: 2 pounds
    • Fruits and vegetables: $8.00
    • Juice: 128 ounces (2 - 16 ounce frozen or 64 fluid ounces)
    • Whole milk: 3 gallons
    • Yogurt or whole milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 1 pound
    • Eggs: 1 dozen
    • Dry beans: 1 pound

    Peanut butter is not issued to 1-year olds because it is a choking hazard.

  • plus sign minus sign Children 2 to 5 Years

    How is this package different from the food package for children 1 to 2 years old?

    • Whole milk is replaced with low-fat (1%) or fat-free milk.
    • Peanut butter and canned beans are included as an alternative to dry beans.

    Food Package

    • Cereal: 36 ounces
    • Whole grains: 2 pounds
    • Fruits and vegetables: $8.00
    • Juice: 128 ounces (2 - 16 ounce frozen or 64 fluid ounces)
    • Low-fat or fat-free milk: 3 gallons
    • Yogurt or low-fat or fat-free milk: 1 quart
    • Cheese: 1 pound
    • Eggs: 1 dozen
    • Beans or peanut butter: 1 pound dry or 4 cans or peanut butter 16 to 18 ounce jar