WIC provides vouchers each month which are taken to grocery stores and used to buy healthy and nutritious foods. WIC foods include iron-fortified infant formula and infant cereal, iron-fortified adult cereal, vitamin C-rich fruit and/or vegetable juice, milk, eggs, cheese, beans, and peanut butter. Different food packages are issued to different clients. For example, mothers who are 100% breastfeeding their babies without formula are issued tuna and carrots in addition to other foods.
Pennsylvania WIC 2012 - 2013 Food List
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Block, sliced, shredded, stick and string only. Must be marked with weight, type and cost. Regular, reduced fat, low fat or fat free, low cholesterol, lactose free, low sodium, smoked or calcium fortified. 8 oz. or 16 oz. only.
- American (Pasteurized Process)
- Colby (longhorn)
Forms allowed: Block, sliced, shredded, and string only. Must be marked with weight, type, and cost.
Not allowed: Individually wrapped slices; imported; deli service; cheese foods; imitation cheese; cheese products or spreads; cheese with added ingredients, organic cheese.
Pasteurized fluid milk, any fat level. May be regular or acidophilus. If your check says "whole milk" then you must buy whole milk. If it says "low fat milk", you must buy 2%, 1% or skim milk.
Lactose free, Evaporated (12 oz. cans), Dry (packages) must be specified on the WIC check.
Allowable containers: Half Gallons or Gallons only. Exception: Lactose reduced/free may be in quarts or larger.
Not allowed: Flavored milk, buttermilk, goat’s milk, milk with added calcium or protein or plant sterols, organic milk, soy milk, UHT milk, milk in glass bottles.
Regular large, medium or small size raw shell brown or white chicken eggs, in one dozen package size only.
Not allowed: Specialty eggs such as, vegetarian fed eggs, organic eggs, low cholesterol eggs, fat modified eggs, etc.
48 oz. & 64 oz. Container or 11.5 - 12 oz. Concentrate, 100% juice.
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Not Allowed: Juices with added sugar, alcohol, or carbonation.
12 oz. Package or Larger.
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Not allowed: Individual serving boxes.
Brand listed on check in 8 oz. or 16 oz. box.
Not allowed: Organic varieties, variety pack, cereal with fruit, formula, or yogurt.
Nestle Good Start Gentle PLUS
Nestle Good Start Soy PLUS
Other brands and types of formula must be specified on the check. For a complete list of special formulas click here.
These foods are only for breastfeeding women whose babies do not get formula from WIC.
Chunk Light Tuna, Pink Salmon or Sardines - packed in water only.
Allowed 18 oz. container labeled "Peanut Butter" only.
Not allowed: Reduced fat peanut butter, peanut butter spread; those mixed with jelly, marshmallow, chocolate, or honey.
DRY BEANS AND PEAS
Any kind in 1 lb. package.
15.5 oz - 16 oz canned
Not allowed: Beans with seasonings.
FRUITS AND VEGTABLES - Fresh, Frozen or Canned
No added sugars, oils, fats or sodium.
Sweet Potatoes and Yams are not allowed.
Organic products are permitted for this and Soy sections only.
Soy Beverage 32 or 64 oz.
Tofu 15 to 16 oz.
16 oz. and 24 oz. sizes; available in breads, rolls, whole grain brown rice, oats, soft corn or whole wheat tortillas.
INFANT FRUITS & VEGTABLES
4 oz. only 100% vegetables and/or fruits.
2.5 oz. only single ingredient meats with or without gravy or broth.
BREAST PUMPS FOR EXCLUSIVELY BREAST FED INFANTS
The PA WIC Program also provides breast pumps for eligible mothers and their infants.
Basic Rules and Regulations for Cashing WIC Checks.
- Use your WIC check at any WIC authorized store displaying the red WIC decal.
- WIC checks cannot be used before the First Day to Use or after the Last Day to Use.
- Only the type and quantity of food printed on the WIC check and listed on the WIC Program Food List can be purchased. No returns or substitutions. Identical exchange of store damaged product is allowed.
- Coupons, buy one get one free, extra free ounces, discount/club cards are allowed with WIC checks.
- Checks altered in any way will not be accepted.