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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 - Effective Oct. 1, 2015

Food Packages

Breastfed Infants (6 months to 11 months)

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables (4-ounce)

64 containers

Infant meats (2.5-ounce)

31 containers

   

Formula Fed Infants (0-5 months)

Formula

Amount varies

   

Formula Fed Infants (6 months to 11 months)

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables (4-ounce)

32 containers

   

Children 12 to 23 Months

Milk (whole-fat only)

3 gallons

Milk or yogurt (whole-fat only) 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% or 1%)

3 gallons

Milk or yogurt (low-fat or non-fat) 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 4 cans of beans, or 16 to 18 ounces of peanut butter

Fruits and vegetables 

$8

Whole grains

2 pounds

   

Post Partum and Some Breastfeeding

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

3 gallons

Milk or yogurt (low-fat or non-fat) 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 4 cans of beans, or 16 to 18 ounces of peanut butter

Fruits & Vegetables 

$11.00

Whole Grains

None

   

Pregnant and Mostly breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2% or 1%)

4 1/2 gallon

Milk or yogurt (low-fat or non-fat) 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans

1 pound or 4 cans

Peanut butter 16 to 18 ounce jar

Fruits and vegetables 

$11

Whole grains

1 pound

   

Exclusively Breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2% or 1%)

5 gallon

Milk or yogurt (low-fat or non-fat) 1 quart

Cheese

2 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

2 dozen

Beans

1 pound or 4 cans

Peanut butter 16 to 18 ounce jar

Tuna or salmon

30 ounces

Fruits and vegetables 

$11

Whole grains

1 pound

 

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Last updated September 03, 2015