Current WIC Acceptable Foods Card

August 2014

  • Your WIC check lists the milk fat content you must buy
  • MILK: Buy the largest container available (gallons, 96 ounces, half gallons, or quarts) or the size listed on the WIC check
  • EVAPORATED/CANNED MILK: 12-ounce container only
  • DRY/POWDERED MILK: 25.6-ounce container only
  • LACTOSE FREE MILK: Buy the largest container available or the size on the WIC check
  • Not Allowed: Flavored, organic, or sweetened condensed milk; buttermilk or milk with added calcium; reduced fat (2%) milk
  • 8TH CONTINENT: Soymilk - Original and Vanilla (32-ounce carton), Soymilk - Original and Vanilla (64-ounce refrigerated carton)
  • PACIFIC NATURAL FOODS: Ultra Soy - Original and Vanilla (32-ounce carton)
  • SILK: Soymilk - Original (32 or 64-ounce refrigerated carton), Soymilk - Original (128-ounce refrigerated multi-pack)
  • WESTSOY: Organic Plus Soymilk - Plain (32 or 64-ounce carton), Plus Soymilk - Vanilla (32 or 64-ounce carton)
  • Pasteurized Process American, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, Muenster, Provolone, or blends of any of these cheeses
  • Purchase in blocks or slices
  • Must add up to the number of ounces on check (can be 1 or more packages)
  • Not Allowed: Imported cheese; cheese foods, products or spreads; cracker cuts; shredded, grated, cubed, string, or stick cheese; flavored or organic cheese; individually wrapped slices
  • AZUMAYA: Japanese Style Tofu - Firm, Extra Firm
  • HOUSE: Premium or Organic Tofu - Soft, Medium Firm, Firm, Extra Firm
  • NATURE'S PROMISE: Organic Tofu - Firm
  • NASOYA: Organic Tofu - Silken, Lite Firm, Firm, Extra Firm
  • WEGMANS: Organic Tofu - Firm
  • VITASOY: San Sui or Korean Sprouted Organic - Soft, Firm, Extra Firm
  • Medium or Large Size
  • Not Allowed: Jumbo and extra-large eggs; high-cost specialty eggs (including organic, reduced cholesterol, cage free/free range, Omega-3)

Helpful Shopping Hints!

Remember to use coupons and store cards to get the most food for your check.

Unit Equivalents

  • 16 ounces = 1 pound
  • 8 ounces = 1/2 pound
  • 4 quarts = 1 gallon
  • 2 quarts = 1/2 gallon
  • GERBER: Cereal for Baby
  • Plain varieties only: barley, oatmeal, rice, whole wheat, or mixed
  • 8 and 16-ounce containers are allowed
  • Not Allowed: Organic, extra ingredients such as DHA, fruit, formula, or added protein

Your WIC check lists the brand, size, and form (powder, concentrate, or ready to use) that you must buy.

  • Light Tuna: Any Brand (5 and 6-ounce cans)
  • Pink Salmon: Any Brand (5, 6, and 7.5-ounce cans)
  • Sardines: Any Brand (3.75-ounce cans)
  • May be packed in water or oil
  • May contain bones and skin
  • Not Allowed: Albacore tuna, blueback salmon, red salmon; flavored; with added ingredients

To lower fat intake, choose water-packed fish.

  • Any brand: Plain brown rice in boxes or bags; may be instant, quick, or regular cooking
  • BEECH-NUT: Stage 2 Fruits and Vegetables
  • BEECH-NUT GOYA: Stage 2 Fruits and Vegetables
  • Any single fruit except guava
  • Any combination of different fruits
  • Any single vegetable or combination of different vegetables
  • Not Allowed: Pouches, mixtures including non-fruit or non-vegetable ingredients such as meat, yogurt, rice, noodles
  • BEECH-NUT: Stage 1 - Beef & Beef Broth, Chicken & Chicken Broth, Turkey & Turkey Broth
  • BEECH-NUT GOYA: Stage 1 - Beef & Beef Broth, Chicken & Chicken Broth
  • Any brand dry: Any variety of plain, mature beans, peas, or lentils
  • Any brand: crunchy, smooth, natural and reduced fat varieties are allowed.
  • Not Allowed: Peanut spread, freshly ground or whipped peanut butter; peanut butter mixed with jelly, marshmallow, chocolate or honey; organic peanut butter, peanut butter with added vitamins and minerals, or other added ingredients (Omega 3, DHA & EPA, Palm Oil, etc.)

At WIC, a breastfeeding woman gets a food package of greater value to support her milk supply and her growing baby.

  • Purchase 12-ounce boxes or larger
  • Not Allowed: Organic cereal, boxes with single serving packets

To increase fiber intake, choose whole grain cereal.

Cold Cereals

Store Brands* (Any store brand can be purchased for the following kinds of cereals)

Corn Flakes♦ - plain

Corn Flakes

Shredded Wheat - plain or frosted

Shredded Wheat

Oat Squares - plain. Also called: Crisp Oat Squares, Crunchy Oat Squares, Oat Crisps

Oat Squares

Wheat Flakes - plain

Wheat Flakes

Oat O's – plain. Also called: Toasted Oats, Tasteeos, Oats & O's

Oat O's

Multigrain Flakes with Oat Clusters♦ - with or without almonds. Also called: Honey Crunchin' Oats, Honey & Oats, Honey Oat Clusters, Honey Oats & Flakes, Krispy Honey-Oats, Oats & More, Oats & Honey

Multigrain Flakes with Oat Clusters

* 'Any store brand' includes store names AND these brands of cold cereal:

  • AMERICA'S CHOICE
  • BEST YET
  • CLEAR VALUE
  • ESSENTIAL EVERYDAY
  • FOOD BASICS
  • FOOD CLUB
  • HYTOP
  • KIGGINS
  • KRASDALE
  • MY ESSENTIALS
  • NATURE'S CRUNCH
  • PARADE
  • RED & WHITE
  • SHURFINE
  • VALUTIME
  • WHITE ROSE

National/Specialty Brands

  • GENERAL MILLS: Cheerios (regular only), Total Whole Grain, Corn Chex, Rice Chex, Wheat Chex, Dora the Explorer
  • KELLOGG'S: Corn Flakes♦ (regular only), Frosted Mini-Wheats Original (Little Bites, Bite Size, Big Bites), Scooby-Doo!
  • KEMACH: Corn Flakes♦,Toasted Oats, Wheat Flakes
  • MALT-O-MEAL : Mini Spooners (Frosted, Strawberry Cream, Blueberry Cream), Oat Blenders (Honey, Honey & Almonds)
  • POST: Grape-Nuts (regular only), Grape-Nuts Flakes, Honey Bunches of Oats (with Vanilla Bunches)
  • RALSTON: Corn Flakes
  • SUNBELT: Simple Granola
  • TAANUG: Corn Flakes Toasted Oats

Helpful Shopping Hints!

Here are examples of ways to get your 36 ounces of cereal:

  • 12 oz. + 12 oz. + 12 oz. = 36 oz.
  • 15 oz. + 21 oz. = 36 oz.
  • 12 oz. + 24 oz. = 36 oz.
  • 18 oz. + 18 oz. = 36 oz.

Hot Cereals

  • BEST YET, HYTOP, IGA, KEY FOOD, PARADE, RED & WHITE: Old Fashioned Oats, Quick Oats
  • CREAM OF WHEAT: Cream of Wheat Whole Grain (2 ½ minute)
  • MAYPO: Instant Maple Oatmeal, Vermont Style Maple Oatmeal
  • QUAKER: Instant Oats with Iron
  • SHOPRITE: Quick Oats
  • WEIS QUALITY: Old Fashioned Oats
  • AMERICA'S CHOICE: Corn Tortillas
  • CARLITA: Soft White Corn Tortillas
  • CELIA'S: White Corn Tortillas, Yellow Corn Tortillas
  • CHI-CHI'S: White Corn Tortilla
  • DEL CAMPO TORTILLAS: Corn Tortilla
  • GUERRERO: White Corn Tortillas
  • HERDEZ: White Corn Tortillas
  • LA BANDERITA: Corn Tortillas
  • NATURE'S PROMISE: Corn All Natural Tortillas
  • STOP & SHOP: White Corn Tortillas (Shelf Stable & Dairy)
  • YOSSI'S PITA: Corn Tortillas
  • AMERICA'S CHOICE: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • BEST YET: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • BIMBO: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • CENTRAL MARKET CLASSICS: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • F OODLION: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • FULL CIRCLE: Flax & Grain Bread
  • GOLD MEDAL BAKERY: 100% Wheat Bread with Flax
  • GOURMET: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • HANNAFORD: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • HAUSWALD: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • HOLSUM: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • JERUSALEM: Franczoz Health Bread 100% Whole Wheat, Franczoz Health Bread Germinated Whole Wheat
  • MONKS': Multigrain, Wheat Wholegrain Bread
  • MY ESSENTIALS: Whole Wheat Bread
  • PAS YISROEL: 100% Multi Grain Bread All Natural, 100% Whole Wheat Bread All Natural
  • PENN STREET: 100% Whole Grain Wheat Bread
  • ROMAN MEAL: Sungrain 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • RUBSCHLAGER: Westphalian Style Pumpernickel Bread, Danish Style Pumpernickel, European Style Whole Grain, 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Cocktail Whole Grain Bread, Cocktail Rye Bread, Cocktail Pumpernickel Bread, 100% Rye Rye-Ola Flax Bread, 100% Rye Rye-Ola Pumpernickel Bread, 100% Rye Rye-Ola Black Rye Bread, 100% Rye Rye-Ola Sunflower Bread
  • SARA LEE: Classic 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • SCHWEBEL'S: Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • SHOPRITE: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • STERN'S: Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Wheat Rolls
  • STOP & SHOP: 100% Whole Wheat Bread (No Salt Added), 100% Whole Wheat (in store fresh bakery)
  • SUPER BREAD: 100% Whole Wheat Bread
  • WINDMILL FARMS: 100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat Hamotzie, 100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat Mezonos
  • ZOMICK'S :100% Whole Wheat Bread Hamotzie, 100% Whole Wheat Bread Mezonos, 100% Whole Wheat Rolls
  • Apple juice and juice blends must also say 120% or more Vitamin C on the label
  • Not Allowed: Organic juice

11.5-Ounce Containers (Concentrates)

  • WELCH'S: Any flavor

11.5-12-Ounce Containers (Frozen concentrates)

  • Grapefruit, Orange, Pineapple: ANY BRAND
  • Apple: ANY STORE BRAND*,LANGERS, OLD ORCHARD, SENECA
  • Grape:
    • Purple & White: ANY STORE BRAND*, LANGERS, OLD ORCHARD, WELCH'S
    • Purple only: ANY STORE BRAND*, SENECA
  • Juice Blends: ANY STORE BRAND*
    • DOLE: Any flavor
    • LANGERS: Autumn Blend, Spring Blend, Summer Blend, Winter Blend
    • OLD ORCHARD: All flavors with dark green lid
    • WELCH'S: All flavors with yellow lid

16-Ounce Containers (Frozen concentrates)

  • Grapefruit, Orange, Pineapple: ANY BRAND
  • Apple: ANY BRAND 100% Juice, 120% or more Vitamin C
  • Juice Blends: ANY BRAND 100% Juice, 120% or more Vitamin C
  • Not Allowed: Grape juice (except in juice blends)

64-Ounce Plastic Bottles

  • Grapefruit, Orange, Pineapple: ANY BRAND
  • Apple: ANY STORE BRAND*, APPLE & EVE, LANGERS, LUCKY LEAF, MOTT'S, MUSSELMAN'S, NESTLE JUICY JUICE, OLD ORCHARD, SENECA, SESAME STREET
  • Juice Blends: ANY STORE BRAND*
    • LANGERS: Apple Berry Cherry, Apple Cranberry, Apple Kiwi Strawberry, Apple Grape, Apple Orange Pineapple, Disney Apple Cranberry Grape
    • NESTLE JUICY JUICE: Apple Raspberry, Berry, Cherry, Fruit Punch, Kiwi Strawberry, Mango, Orange Tangerine, Strawberry Banana, Tropical
    • OLD ORCHARD: Acai Pomegranate, Apple Cranberry, Berry Blend, Blueberry Pomegranate, Cherry Pomegranate, Peach Mango, Wild Cherry
    • SESAME STREET: Bert & Ernie's Berry, Elmo's Punch
    • Not Allowed: Grape juice (except in juice blends), refrigerated cartons

* 'ANY STORE BRAND' includes store names AND these brands of 100% juice with 120% or more Vitamin C:

  • AMERICA's CHOICE
  • BEST YET
  • CLEAR VALUE
  • CRISP
  • DELSEA FARMS
  • ESSENTIAL EVERYDAY
  • FLAVORITE
  • FOOD CLUB
  • GREAT VALUE
  • HARVEST CLASSIC
  • HYTOP
  • KRASDALE
  • MY ESSENTIALS
  • NATURE'S OWN
  • PARADE
  • RED & WHITE
  • RICHFOOD
  • SHURFINE
  • SUPER A
  • TIPTON GROVE
  • WHITE ROSE
  • Purchase fresh, frozen or canned vegetables and fruits
  • Organic vegetables and fruits are allowed
  • Not Allowed: White potatoes - any potatoes other than sweet potatoes and orange yams

Fresh Vegetables & Fruits

  • Any variety of fresh vegetables and fruits except white potatoes (Note: Sweet potatoes and yams are allowed)
  • Bagged salad mixtures, bagged vegetables
  • Not Allowed:
    • White potatoes
    • Items from the salad bar
    • Party trays, fruit baskets, decorative vegetables and fruits, dried products
    • Nuts, including peanuts, fruit/nut mixtures
    • Herbs, spices, salad dressing

'Canned' Fruits

  • Any brand packed in water or juice
  • Any plain fruit, plain fruit mixtures
  • Any container/package type
  • Any size
  • Applesauce - "No sugar added" or "Unsweetened" varieties only
  • Products with artificial sweeteners
  • Choose Containers That Say:
    • "In its own juice", "In pear juice from concentrate", "In unsweetened pineapple juice"
    • "Naturally sweet"
    • "100% pure fruit and juice", "100% natural"
    • "No sugar added", "Unsweetened"
  • Not Allowed:
    • Cranberry sauce, pie filling
    • Any syrup (heavy, light, "Naturally light", extra light, etc.)
    • Added sugar ("Lightly sweetened in fruit juice", etc.), nectar
    • Added salt, fat, oils

Frozen Fruits

  • Any brand
  • Any plain fruit, plain fruit mixtures
  • Any container/package type
  • Any size
  • Not Allowed:
    • Ingredients other than fruit
    • Added sugar
    • Any syrup (heavy, light, "Naturally light", extra light, etc.)

'Canned' Vegetables

  • Any brand
  • Any plain vegetable, plain vegetable mixtures (without white potatoes)
  • Canned tomatoes (paste, puree, whole, crushed, stewed, diced, sauce, salsa)
  • Any container/package type
  • Any size
  • May be regular or low sodium/salt
  • Not Allowed:
    • White potatoes
    • Pickled or creamed vegetables (including corn)
    • Baked beans, pork and beans
    • Mature legumes such as black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans
    • Soups, ketchup, relishes, olives
    • Products with added fats, oils, sugars, meats, syrups, condiments

To lower salt intake, rinse canned vegetables.

Frozen Vegetables

  • Any brand
  • Any plain vegetable, plain vegetable mixtures (without white potatoes)
  • Any container/package type
  • Any size
  • With or without salt
  • Frozen beans, peas and lentils are allowed
  • DO NOT CHOOSE CONTAINERS THAT SAY:
    • Cheese sauce; any other type of sauce
    • Breaded
  • Not Allowed:
    • White potatoes
    • French fries, hash browns, tater tots, other shaped potatoes
    • Vegetables with sauces
    • Vegetables mixed with pasta, rice, or any other ingredient

'Canned' means food that has been preserved in an airtight container. The container could be metal, glass, plastic or a pouch.

Helpful Shopping Hints!

  • Vegetables and fruits are nutritious whether fresh, frozen, or canned. Compare prices to get the best buy.
  • If your purchases add up to less than the value of your check, you will not get change back. If your purchases add up to more than the check value, with a Vegetables & Fruits check you may either put back some of the items or you may pay the difference between the purchase price and the check value.

For more information on the NYS WIC Program, please visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/WIC This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.