Shopping for WIC Foods

You can buy as much or as little of your food benefits as you want.

Shopping for WIC Foods

 

WIC Shopping Made Easy

 

Shopping just got easier with myTexasWIC. With the mobile shopping app you can scan items at the store to see if they are WIC approved, check your WIC benefits and view the Texas WIC shopping guide.

If you are having trouble registering your WIC card as a new user please call 800-942-3678 and press “3” Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or email [email protected] They will be able to assist you.

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Tips for Success

Before you shop

Look at your Texas WIC Shopping List to see what foods you’ll be buying. Be sure to take your personal shopping list and your Texas WIC Shopping Guide with you to the grocery store. That way you’ll know which WIC foods to buy.

Use WIC’s shopping guides to help you shop for WIC foods at the store. These guides help you choose WIC approved foods and package sizes.


While you shop

You can buy as much or as little of your food benefits as you want. You might find it helpful to try shopping for just a few foods when the grocery store is not busy.

  • Choose the allowable foods, brands and package sizes.
  • Look for the pink WIC Approved Item sticker for milk, juice, cheese, dried beans and whole grains.
  • Choose foods carefully. Once you buy your WIC foods, you can’t return them to the store for money and you can’t sell WIC foods.
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Shopping with Texas WIC

Getting Started
This video describes what you need to bring to the store to do your WIC shopping, how to use your Texas WIC shopping list and introduces the myTexasWIC mobile shopping app.

Milk and Yogurt
Learn how to find the milk and yogurt that matches your Texas WIC benefits.

Other Milks
Learn how to find lactose-free, soy, dry powdered, evaporated or Kosher milk that match your Texas WIC benefits.

Cheese and Eggs
Learn how to choose the cheese and eggs that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Bread, Tortillas, Rice, Oatmeal and Pasta
Learn how to choose the bread, tortillas, rice, oatmeal and pasta that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Breakfast Cereal
Learn how to choose the breakfast cereal that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Fruits and Vegetables
Learn how to choose which fresh, frozen and canned items that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Juice
Learn how to choose a juice that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits. Pay attention to bottle size! 

Beans and Peanut Butter
Learn how to choose the beans and peanut butter that you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits. 

Baby Food
Learn how to choose which baby foods you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Canned Fish
If you are a fully breastfeeding mom, you can get canned tuna or salmon from WIC! Learn about which canned fish you can buy with your Texas WIC benefits.

Checking Out
Learn about using your Texas WIC Card at checkout.

Troubleshooting
Learn what to do if your store is sold out of their WIC item, an item doesn’t scan as WIC approved or your WIC card is lost or stolen.

Recipes
Learn about using your WIC foods, food safety, family meals and recipes.

At the checkout

If your food doesn’t scan:

  • Check the size and brand against your Texas WIC Shopping Guide.
  • Be sure you have enough benefits left on your card for the item.
  • You can pay for it with your other groceries or return the food. 

If you have any problems at the grocery store, call your WIC clinic or 800-942-3678.


Tips for using the card reader:

  • Tell the cashier you’re using the Texas WIC card.
  • The cashier will tell you when to insert your card in the card reader and when to enter your PIN.
  • Leave the card in the card reader until the cashier tells you to take it out.

Check and save your store receipt:

  • Check the “Items Purchased” on your receipt.
  • Make sure all WIC foods you bought are on it.
  • Your receipt will show you what you have left.
  • Save your WIC receipt for your next shopping trip so you know how much you have left in your “WIC balance.” 
Save your WIC receipt for your next shopping trip so you know how much you have left in your "WIC balance." 

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