WIC Food Packages

 

Nutritional studies indicate that pregnant women and children's diets are often low in vitamins A and C, calcium, iron and protein, as well as low in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. WIC food packages provide for these health and nutrition risks, by providing only specific nutritious foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, peanut butter, beans, fruit juices, infant formula and baby food. Through our clinics, we also screen for anemia, counsel on the benefits of breastfeeding and offer childhood immunizations.

 

(Allowable foods list)

(Español - Comidas Permitidas)

 

WIC FOODS

MAJOR NUTRIENTS & THEIR ROLES

Milk, Cheese,

Soymilk, Tofu

Protein

Calcium

Vitamin A

Vitamin D

For growth and repair of body tissues

For strong bones and teeth

For healthy eyes and teeth

For absorption of calcium, phosphate and magnesium, healthy bones and prevention of osteoporosis.

Breakfast Cereals &

Whole Grains

Iron

Folic Acid

 

 

Fiber

 

B Vitamins

To prevent anemia

To prevent anemia and birth defects, aid in proper creation of the child’s DNA, and support nerve function and cell production

For colon health, and reducing the risk for illness such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer

Critical for normal growth in children, as well as many physical and mental bodily functions

Beans, Peanut Butter, Eggs, Canned Fish

Protein

 

Vitamin A

For growth and repair of body tissues, especially needed during childhood, pregnancy, lactation, and postpartum.

For healthy eyes and teeth

Fruits, Vegetables, Juice

Fiber

 

Vitamin C

 

Vitamins & Minerals

 

For colon health, and reducing the risk for illness such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer

For wound healing, fighting infections, and absorption of iron

Produce collagen, form and repair blood cells, bones and other tissues, protects from bruising by supporting cellular health,  keep gums healthy, heal cuts and wounds, protect from infection by supporting the immune system.

Iron-Fortified

Infant Formula*

All Nutrients

Necessary for an infant’s growth and development until about 6 months

Complementary

Infant Foods for

Ages 6-11 Months*

 

Iron-fortified infant cereal, baby food fruits and vegetables, bananas, baby food meats are included for proper nutrition and development.

 

*Exclusively breastfeeding mothers receive a larger variety and amount of foods (including 30oz canned meats only offered to exclusively breastfeeding mothers, additional milk, cheese, eggs, and a combination of beans and peanut butter) up to 1 year post-partum.

*Exclusively breastfed infants receive twice as much baby food fruit and vegetables and 31 jars of baby food meat, in addition to the other food package items.