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WIC Food Packages

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Texas WIC Nutrition Program food packages underwent a number of changes on Oct. 1, 2009. The changes include the addition of new allowable foods as well as changes in some of the current food items. These modifications align the WIC food packages with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and current infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. WIC now provides better promotion and support for the establishment of long-term breastfeeding and better accommodation of cultural food preferences. 

Summary of Food Packages

  • Alignment with national dietary recommendations
    • Increases fiber by adding:
      •  Fresh and frozen fruits, and vegetables
      • Whole grain bread, oatmeal, brown rice, corn and whole wheat tortillas
    • Reduces saturated fat and cholesterol by decreasing amounts of:
      • Milk (low-fat milk for women and children age 2 and older)
      • Eggs
      • Cheese
    • Delays introduction of infant cereal 
    • Adds infant foods, including fruits, vegetables, and meats
    • Eliminates infant juice
  • Better promotion and support for the establishment of long-term breastfeeding
    • Breast pumps and breastfeeding support provided, as needed
    • For exclusively breastfeeding women:
      • Increased amount of food
      • Addition of salmon
    • For exclusively breastfed infants:
      • Increased amounts of infant fruits and vegetables 
      • Addition of infant meats
  • Accommodate cultural food preferences
    • Tofu and soy milk as an option instead of milk
  • Better accommodate special needs participants
    • Supplemental foods in addition to formula

 

Food Packages

Food Packages

Breastfed Infants

6 months to 11 months

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables

64 - 4ounce containers

Infant meats

31 - 2.5 ounce containers

   

Formula Fed Infants

0 to 5 months 

Formula

Amount varies

6 months to 11 months

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables

32 - 4 ounce containers

   

Children 12 to 23 Months

Milk (whole only)

3 gallons and 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (64 ounces fluid or 16 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans

1 pound 

Peanut butter

None

Fruits and vegetables 

$8

Whole grains

2 pounds

   

Children 2 Years and Older

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

3 gallons and 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (64 ounces fluid or 16 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans or peanut butter

1 pound or 18 ounces

Fruits and vegetables 

$8

Whole grains

2 pounds

   

Post Partum and Some Breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

3 gallons & 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1  dozen

Beans or Peanut Butter

1 pound or 18 ounces

Fruits & Vegetables 

$10.00

Whole Grains

None

   

Pregnant and mostly breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

4 1/2 gallon & 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans and peanut butter

1 pound and 18 ounces 

Fruits and vegetables 

$10

Whole grains

1 pound

   

Exclusively Breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

5 gallon and 1 quart

Cheese

2 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

2 dozen

Beans and peanut butter

1 pound and 18 ounces

Tuna or salmon

30 ounces

Fruits and vegetables 

$10

Whole grains

1 pound

 

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Last updated May 22, 2014