VERMONT WIC

Food Guide

Effective October 2016

Dairy

Eggs, milk, cheese, tofu, soy milk beverages and yogurt



Proteins

Beans, Lentils, Peas, Peanut Butter, Canned Fish

Grains

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat, Pasta

Cereal

Hot cereal, cold cereal

Infant food

Infant Fruits & Vegetables, Infant Cereal, Infant Meats, Infant Formula (insert), Breastfeeding


Fruits & Vegetables

Provides a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber


Amount

  • $11 per month for women
  • $8 for per month for each child

Varieties:

  • Fresh, frozen or canned
  • May be regular or low sodium
  • Organic allowed

Restrictions:

  • White potatoes: Fresh only
  • No added sugars, fats or oils
  • Canned fruits must be packed in juice, not syrup
  • No herbs, spices, salad kits or party trays
  • No dried fruits or vegetables
  • No salsa, stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce or paste
  • No single servings

Any brand allowed


Fresh

Allowed:

  • Any variety of fresh, organic or non-organic, fruits and vegetables, including fresh potatoes
  • May be whole, cut, bagged or packaged

Not allowed:

  • No salad bar items, salad kits, party trays with added food items (dip, dressing, nuts)
  • No fruit baskets, dried fruits/vegetables
  • No herbs, spices or edible blossoms

Frozen

Allowed:

  • Any brand and package type
  • Any size (except single serving)
  • Any organic or non-organic plain fruit or vegetable without added sugar or artificial sweetener

Not Allowed

  • Products with non-fruit or vegetable ingredients (pasta, rice, cheese, etc.)
  • Vegetables with sauce

Canned

Allowed:

  • Any brand and container (can, jar, plastic)
  • Any size except single serving
  • Any organic or non-organic fruit or vegetable
  • Any plain fruit or fruit mixtures packed in water or juice
  • Any plain vegetable or vegetable mixtures

Not allowed:

  • Fruit cocktails, fruit in syrup, fruit with added sugar
  • Pickled or creamed vegetables
  • Salsa, sauce (pizza, spaghetti or tomato), stewed tomatoes or tomato paste
How can I help my child eat more fruits and vegetables?
Share the adventure. Try some new fruits and vegetables. Shop together and let your child choose.
Cook together. Teach your child to tear lettuce or add vegetable toppings to pizza.
Eat together. Let your child see you enjoying fruits and vegetables at meals and snacks.
Take it with you. Put apples, oranges or sliced veggies in your bag for quick snacks on the go.
Make the most of your fruit and vegetable benefit
Celebrate the season. Choose fresh vegetables and fruits that are in season for the best quality and flavor.
Try canned or frozen. For quick side dishes and less prep time, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables are convenient, easy to store and recipe ready.
Buy in bulk when items are on sale. For fresh vegetables or fruits you use often, a large size bag is the better buy. Canned or frozen fruits or vegetables can be bought in large quantities when they are on sale, since they last much longer.
Make it easy. Buy whole vegetables and fruits. Wash, cut and keep in the refrigerator for ready-to-eat snacks or lunch box additions your family can enjoy anytime. 

Dairy

Eggs, Milk, Cheese, Tofu, Soy Milk and Yogurt

Eggs

Good source of protein and iron


Size:

  • Medium and large

Restrictions:

  • No enhanced or specialty (Omega-3)
  • No organic

Varieties:

  • Whole dozen
  • White or brown

Any brand allowed

Milk

Good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins A & D


Restrictions:

  • No enhanced or specialty
  • No flavored
  • No organic
  • No Reduced-fat (2%)
  • No glass bottles

Cow’s Milk

Any brand allowed

  • Whole: For children 12–23 months  – Gallon, ½ gallon, quart
  • Low-fat or Nonfat  – Gallon, ½ gallon, quart
  • Lactose-reduced, Lactose-free – Gallon, ½ gallon, quart
  • Shelf stable (UHT) – Quart
  • Non-fat dry milk powder  – 25.6 oz (2 gallons)

Goat’s Milk

Meyenberg brand only

  • Whole fluid: For children 12-23 months – ½ gallon, quart
  • Whole powdered: For children 12-23 months – 12 oz (3 quarts)
  • Low-fat fluid (1%) – Quart
  • Low-fat powdered (1%) – 12 oz (makes 3 quarts)

WIC Milk size calculator

Tofu

Good source of protein and calcium


Size:

  • 14 oz
  • 16 oz (Chose a 16 oz to get the maximum benefit)

Varieties:

  • Only specific types listed
  • Must be calcium set (made with calcium salts)
  • Organic allowed

Brands/Products allowed:

  • Silken
  • Firm
  • Extra Firm
  • Silken
  • Soft
  • Firm
  • Extra Firm
  • Firm
  • Sprouted Super Firm
  • Firm

Soymilk Beverage

Good source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D


Size:

  • 64 oz Refrigerated
  • 32 oz Shelf-stable

Restrictions:

  • No organic

Brands/Sizes/Products allowed:

 

64 oz Refrigerated (1/2 gallon)

  • Original
  • Vanilla

64 oz Refrigerated (1/2 gallon)

  • Original

32 oz Shelf-stable (1 quart)

  • Ultra Soy Original
  • Ultra Soy Vanilla

Cheese

Good source of protein, calcium, and vitamins A & D


Size:

  • 8 oz
  • 16 oz

Restrictions:

  • Not imported or deli
  • No organic
  • No string, shredded or individually wrapped slices
  • No flavored

Varieties:

  • Block: Cheddar (sharp, mild), Colby, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella
  • Sliced: American
  • Regular and low-fat allowed

 

National brands allowed


Store Brands Allowed

Yogurt

Good source of protein, calcium and vitamin D


Size:

  • 32 oz tubs
  • 8 packs of 2 oz cups

Restrictions:

  • No Pouches
  • No Artificial sweeteners

Varieties:

  • Whole milk yogurt: For children 12-23 months
  • Low-fat or Nonfat: For women and children 2-5
  • Organic allowed

 

 

National brands allowed

32 oz

  • Any Flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Greek: Any flavor

2 lbs

  • Plain
  • Greek: Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any Flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Greek: Any flavor

8 packs of 2 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Original: Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • All Naturals: Any flavor
  • Oikos Greek: Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Smooth & Creamy: Any flavor
  • Greek: Any flavor

8 packs of 2 oz tubes

  • YoKids Squeezers: Any flavor

Store brands allowed

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

No Light Vanilla

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

32 oz tubs

  • Any flavor

No Nonfat Vanilla

Protein

Beans, Lentils, Peas, Peanut Butter, Canned Fish

Beans, Lentils, Peas

Good source of protein, iron and fiber (Any brand allowed)

Size:

  • 15 oz to 16 oz cans
  • 1 lb package, dried

Varieties:

  • Canned or dried
  • Any type of mature beans, peas or lentils
  • Regular or low-sodium
  • Organic allowed

Restrictions:

  • No added sugars, fats or oils
  • No added vegetables, fruits or meats
  • No soup mix

Peanut Butter

Good source of protein.

Size:

  • 16 oz to 18 oz (plastic or glass jars)

Varieties:

  • Smooth and Chunky

Restrictions:

  • No reduced fat
  • No low sodium
  • No organic
  • No specialty peanut butters
  • No peanut butter spreads
  • No flavored or mix in ingredients

National Brands Allowed

  • No Simply Jif
  • No Natural Jif
  • No Reduced Fat Jif

    • No Skippy Natural
    • No Reduced Fat Skippy

Teddie

  • No Organic

Store Brands Allowed:

  • Any store brand

Canned Fish

Good source of protein.

Size:

  • Mix and match up to 30 oz

Restrictions:

  • Cans only, no pouches

Chunk light tuna

  • Packed in water, 5oz

Salmon

  • Packed in water or oil, 5 oz, 6 oz, 7.5 oz and 15 oz

Sardines

  • Packed in water or oil (may include bones and skin), 3.75 oz

Bean and Peanut Butter options:

If your Family Food Benefits list shows: 1 Peanut Btr/Beans/Peas you can buy:

  • 16 oz package dry beans, lentils, peas -OR-
  • 16-18 oz jar peanut butter -OR-
  • 4 cans 15-16 oz beans

WIC bean and Peanut butter options-1

Grain

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat Pasta

Bread

Good source of  fiber

Size:

  • 16 oz (1 lb)

Varieties:

  • 100% Whole Wheat, Whole Grain

National brands/products allowed:

wic arnold bread

  • Stone Ground Wheat

country-kitchen logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

peperidge farm wic

  • 100% Whole Wheat Stone Ground
  • 100% Whole Wheat Very Thin
  • Light Style Soft Wheat
  • Sliced Rye
  • Swirl 100% Whole Wheat Cinnamon with Raisins

sara lee logo

  • Classic 100% Whole Wheat

wonder logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

sunbeam logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

Bimbo logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

La Panciata loga

  • Whole Wheat Honey & Oats
  • Whole Wheat Multi-Grain

 

Store brands/products allowed:

Best-Yet-Logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

hannafort market logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

  • 100% Whole Wheat

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  • No salt added 100% Whole Wheat

tops logo

  • 100% Whole Wheat

Whole Wheat Pasta

Good source of fiber


Size:

  • 16 oz (1 lb)

Varieties:

  • 100% Whole Wheat Pasta
  • Any Shape

Brands/products allowed:

barilla

Bionaturea logobella-terra

delallo logo

full circle logo

garofalo

gia russaluigi vitelli logo

organics

racconoto

ronzoni

surefine logoe

 

Choose whole grain
Make simple switches. Try whole grains in place of refined-grain products. Eat 110% whole-wheat bread instead of white bread, and brown rice instead of white rice.
Try whole-wheat versions. For a change, try whole-wheat pasta in macaroni and cheese, or with tomato sauce. Use corn tortillas for echiladas and whole wheat torillas for quesadillas..
Be a good role model for children. Set a good example for your children by servinng and eating whole grains every day with meals ar as snacks.

Tortillas

Good source of fiber.

Size:

  • 16 (1 lb)

Varieties:

  • 100% Whole Wheat, Corn

Brands/Products Allowed:

  • White Corn
  • Whole Wheat
  • Yellow Corn

don poncho logo

  • White Corn
  • Whole Wheat

mission taco logo

  • Whole Wheat, Soft Taco
  • Extra Thin Yellow
  • Whole Wheat, Fajita

chichi logo

  • White Corn, Taco Style
  • Whole Wheat, Fajita Style

ortega taco logo

  • Whole Wheat

La Banderita logo

  • Corn
  • Whole Wheat
  • Whole Wheat, Fajita

Brown Rice

(Any brand allowed)

Size:

  • 14 oz to 16 oz packages
  • 28 oz to 32 oz packages

Varieties:

  • Regular, Instant-cooking, Quick-cooking, Boil-in-bag
  • Organic allowed

Restrictions:

No added sugars, fats, oils or salt

Cereal

Cold cereal, hot cereal

Cold Cereal

Good source of iron, B vitamins, and folic acid

Size:

  • 12 oz to 36 oz boxes

Varieties:

cold cereal typs

  • Non-whole Grain

National brands/products allowed:

gen mills logo

Kellogg's logo 2012 wic cold cereal kellog-1 wic cold cereal kellog-2 post_logo wic cold cereal post-1 wic cold cereal post-2 quaker logo wic cold cereal quaker-2 wic cold cereal quaker-1

Store brands allowed:

Store Cold 7Ways to buy cereal2

 

Hot Cereal

Good source of iron, B vitamins, and folic acid

Varieties:

cold cereal typs

  • Whole Grain

National brands/products allowed:

wic hot cereal 1wic hot cereal 2

Juice

For kids, for women

For Kids

Good source of vitamin C

Shelf Stable:

Size:

  • 64 oz

Refrigerated:

Size:

  • 64 oz

Frozen:

Size:

  • 16 oz

Shelf-stable National Brands/Products Allowed:

apple and eve logo

  • Any Flavor

  • Apple
  • Red Grape Juice
  • White Grape Juice

  • Apple
  • Apple Cranberry
  • Berry Blend

  • Any Flavor

North

  • Any Flavor

  • Grape Juice ( no light, no fiber or calcium added)
  • 100% White Grape Juice
  • 100% Red Grape Juice

Shelf-stable store brands/products allowed:

  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Berry Blend

  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Cranberry Raspberry

  • All Natural Apple
  • Grape
  • Cranberry Raspberry

hannafort market logo

  • Cranberry Raspberry
  • Grape
  • White Grape

  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Cranberry Raspberry

 

Refrigerated Orange Juice:

Size:

  • 64 oz

Brands allowed:

wic juice children frozen-3

Frozen Orange Juice:

Size:

  • 16 oz

Varieties:

wic juice children frozen-4 copy wic juice children frozen-3

For Women

Good source of Vitamin C

Shelf Stable:

Size:

  • 48 oz

Varieties:

  • Any Flavor

Brands allowed:

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Frozen Juice:

Size:

  • 11.5 oz, 12 oz

Varieties:

 wic juice women frozen 2 wic juice women frozen 1

Infant Foods

Infant Fruits & Vegetables, Infant Cereal, Infant Meats, Infant Formula (insert), Breastfeeding

Infant fruits and vegetables

Provides a variety of vitamins, minerals and fiber

Size:

  • 4 oz jars (single and 2 packs)

Varieties:

  • Stage 2 or 2nd Foods
  • Any variety single fruit or vegetable
  • Any variety mixed fruit and vegetable

Restrictions:

  • No added sugars, starches, rice or salt
  • No dinners
  • No pouches

Brands/Products allowed

Infant Cereal

Good source of iron

Size:

  • 8 oz and 16 oz packages

Restrictions:

  • No added fruit, formula or vegetables

Brands/Products allowed

wic infant cereal

 

Infant Meats

Good source of protein and zinc

Size:

  • 2.5 oz jars

Varieties:

  • Stage 1 or 2nd Foods
  • Any variety

Restrictions:

  • No added sugar or salt
  • No dinners

Brands/Products allowed

 

Breast Feeding

Plan for your breastfeeding success

Learn about breastfeeding.

Read. Attend classes. Talk to your WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and other breastfeeding supporters.

Enlist help and plan ahead.

Share plans with your family and friends. Work with your doctor and employer to get the support and help you need to be successful.

Be confident.

Most moms make the right amount of milk for their babies. Your milk is perfect for your baby at every stage of development.

WIC Can Help!

We’re here to help moms succeed.

You already know that breastfeeding is best for you and your baby.
Did you know that 90% of Vermont moms start breastfeeding? Vermont WIC offers many services to help you succeed with your breastfeeding goals.
Whether you’re looking for support as you and your baby learn to breastfeed, or as you prepare to go back to work, you can rely on WIC to help you every step for the way.• Extra WIC foods for breastfeeding moms

  • Breastfeeding peer counselors
  • Referrals to community lactation consultants and other support services
  • Breast pumps
  • Breastfeeding groups and classes

“It was helpful just knowing I had support at WIC when I needed it”

healthvermont.gov/wic/food-feeding/breastfeeding

Vermont WIC Vermont Department of Health

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Burlington, VT 05402

healthvermont.gov/wic wic@state.vt.us

1-800-649-4357

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