Connecticut WIC

Approved

Food Guide

Effective January 2019

Versión en Español

Milk

Milk, Soy Milk, Goat’s Milk, Cheese, Eggs, Tofu, Yogurt

Juice

Bottled Juices, Vegetable Juices, Refrigerated Juices, Juice Concentrate

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh, Frozen, and Canned Fruits and Vegetables

Infant Products

Infant Formula, Infant Cereal, Infant Food

Cereal

Hot Cereal, Cold Cereal

Bread and Whole Grains

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat Pasta

Proteins

Peanut Butter, Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils, Canned Beans and Peas, Canned Fish

Successful Shopping Tips

 Before You Shop:

  • Review your Family Benefits List or a receipt to check your available benefit balance.
  • Know your Fruit & Vegetable cash value benefit amount.
  • Check the dates of the benefit period.

While You Shop:

  • Look for the Connecticut WIC approved shelf tags to help you identify items.
  • Choose only WIC approved items from the Food Guide and make sure you have the correct quantities on your Benefit List or receipt.

Checkout:

  • Request and review the mid transaction receipt before you choose Yes.
  • Use your store savings card.
  • Tell the cashier you have coupons before the transaction.

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Dairy, Eggs and Tofu

 Milk

May Buy:

  • Purchase size and type shown on the WIC Family Benefits List
  • Fluid milk: Fat Free, 1% Lowfat, 2% Reduced Fat, Whole Milk (For children 12-23 months old)

Do Not Buy:

Buttermilk, organic, flavored or raw milk

Soy Milk

May Buy:

  • 64 oz/Half gallon, refrigerated
  • 8th Continent Original
  • Silk Original
  • Pacific Ultra Soy Original Non-Dairy Beverage (shelf stable) 32 oz

Evaporated Milk

12 oz can – Fat Free, 2% or Whole milk (Vitamin D added)

Goat’s Milk

Meyenberg (Canned-liquid or powdered)

Additional Milk Choices

  • Lactose Reduced/Lactose free milk: 64 oz/half gallon paper carton: Skim, 1%, 2%, Whole
  • Kosher Milk: Skim, 2%, Whole
  • Nonfat Dry milk

UHT Milk

Shelf Stable, Unflavored
1%, 2%, Whole
See your Nutritionist for issuance

Cheese

Buy:

  • 8 or 16 ounce package
  • Any brand: American, Colby/Colby Jack, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Mozzarella, Muenster
  • Fat Free Mozzarella, prepackaged: Calabro, Polly-O

Do Not Buy:

Deli, individually wrapped slices, shredded or string cheese, cheese food, cheese product or spreads, cream cheese or cottage cheese, imported, flavored, organic cheese

Eggs

White and Brown Eggs

May Buy:

  • Large, 1 dozen, carton
  • White or brown

Do Not Buy:

Organic eggs

Tofu

May Buy:

  • 8-16 ounce package, Plain 
  • Nasoya: Cubed, Super Firm, Firm, Lite Firm, Silken, Super Firm Cubed
  • Azumaya: Firm, Extra Firm
  • Nature’s Promise: Firm, Extra Firm
  • House Foods: Firm, Medium Firm, Extra Firm

In order to receive the full benefit of tofu purchase 8 or 16 oz packages.

Yogurt

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May Buy:

  • 1 quart or 32 oz container only
  • Plain, vanilla or strawberry only
  • Non-fat or Low fat
  • Whole Milk Yogurt (For Children 12-23 months old)

Low-fat / Non-fat

Axelrod*
Best Yet
Big Y
Brown Cow*
Butterworks Farm*
Cabot
Coburn Farms
Cream O Land
Crowley
Dannon*
Dannon All Natural*
Desi Natural Dahi*
Food Club
Friendship
Great Value
Green Mountain Creamery*
J & J Kosher
Lala
La Yogurt
La Yogurt Probiotic*
Lucerne Dairy Farms
Maple Hill*
Market Pantry
Mountain High*
My Essentials
Nature’s Promise*
PICS/Price Chopper
Price Rite
Romis*
Seven Stars Farm*
ShopRite*
Shurfine
Stop & Shop
Stonyfield*
Super A
Yoplait
Yoplait Grande

*Also available in whole milk yogurt

Do Not Buy:

Greek yogurt, no artificial sweeteners

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Juices

Juice balances of 47.9 oz or less cannot be redeemed. Remember a 12 oz can of concentrate equals 48 oz of juice.

Ways to purchase your full amount:

  • If you have a total of 96 oz of juice to get the full amount purchase 2 cans of 12 oz concentrate
  • If you have a total of 128 oz of juice to get the full amount purchase 2 64 oz bottles
  • If you have a total of 240 oz of juice purchase 2 cans of 12 oz concentrate and 2 64 oz bottles of juice.  Or if you prefer bottles you can buy 3 64 oz bottles  and 1 can of 12 oz concentrate to reach your full benefit.

Fluid Juice

Buy Only:

  • 100% juice only
  • 64 oz bottle
  • At least 120% Vitamin C

Apple

  • Juicy Juice
  • Old Orchard
  • Mott’s
  • Welch’s

Cherry

  • Juicy Juice
  • Welch’s

Juice Mixtures

  • Juicy Juice
  • Old Orchard
  • Welch’s

Mango

  • Juicy Juice
  • Welch’s

Orange

  • 64 or 128 ounce
  • Calcium Fortified

Pineapple

  • Langers
  • Libby’s
  • Welch’s

Purple Grape

  • Juicy Juice
  • Old Orchard
  • Welch’s

White Grape

  • Juicy Juice
  • Old Orchard
  • Welch’s

Vegetable Juice

  • Low-Sodium only
  • PICS/Price Chopper
  • V8

Tomato Juice

  • Low-Sodium Only
  • Campbell’s

Store Brands

  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Juice A Lot
  • All 100% juice mixtures
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Pineapple
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • All 100% Juice Mixtures
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Purple Grape
  • All 100% Juice Mixtures
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • All 100% Juice Mixtures
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Purple Grape
  • Pineapple
  • All 100% Juice Mixtures
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • All 100% Juice Mixtures
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Purple Grape
  • Grapefruit Juice/Blends

Concentrated Juice

Frozen Concentrates

11.5-12 ounce, 100% juice, at least 120% Vitamin C

All Juices Do Not Buy:

Juice cocktail, beverages, drinks or juice with added sugar or sweeteners.

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Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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May Buy:

  • Any variety
  • Whole, precut, shredded or packaged – sold by bags, boxes, piece, pound or package
  • Salad and/or mixed greens in a bag

Do Not Buy:

Items from the salad bar, party trays, dried fruit, fruit snacks, fruit rollups, herbs, spices, olives, fruit baskets, packaged salads/kits with added dressings, meats, nuts, croutons, cheese, etc.

Frozen Fruits 

May Buy:

  • Any brand/variety and size
  • Any plain fruit, plain fruit mixtures

Frozen Vegetables

Frozen vegetables

May Buy:

  • Any brand/variety and size
  • Any plain vegetable, plain vegetable mixtures

Do Not Buy:

Added sweeteners, sugar, syrup, fats, oils, french fries, hash browns, tater tots or other shaped potatoes.

Must not be packed with sauce, pasta or rice

Canned Fruits

May Buy:

  • Any brand and size
  • May be packed in water or juice

Do Not Buy:

Added sweeteners, sugars, syrup, added fats, oils, salt, cranberry sauce, pie fillings, fruit cocktail

Canned Tomato Sauce

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May Buy:

  • Plain canned tomato sauce/plain spaghetti sauce

Do Not Buy:

Added sweeteners, sugars, syrup, added fats, oils

Canned Vegetables

May Buy:

  • Any brand and size
  • May be regular or lower in sodium

Do Not Buy:

Added sweeteners, sugars, syrup, added fats, oils, pickled (vegetables), creamed or sauced vegetables, baked beans, pork & beans, soups, ketchup, relishes, olives

How to Use Your Fruit and Vegetable Benefit
  • Know your benefit balance before you shop.
  • If your fruit and vegetable purchase costs more than the maximum dollar amount, you have the option to pay the difference with cash, EBT, SNAP, or another form of payment accepted by the store.
  • If your fruit and vegetable costs less than the maximum dollar amount, your balance will remain on your WIC card. Please be sure to check your store receipt for the expiration date for your benefits.

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Infant Products

Infant Cereal (Dry)

May Buy:

  • 8 oz container size only
  • Choose any brand

Do Not Buy:

Varieties that include DHA, fruit, formula and/or yogurt.

Infant Fruits and Vegetables

  • 4 or 8 ounce container size only
  • Choose single ingredients or combinations of fruits and vegetables (i.e. apple-banana, apple-sweet potato, etc.)
  • Choose any brand

Do Not Buy:

Added sugar or pouches

Available to Exclusively Breastfed Infants 6-11 months only

Infant Food –  Meats

2.5 oz containers

May Buy:

  • 2.5 ounce container size only
  • Choose any brand
  • Choose from the following varieties:
    • Beef & Beef Broth/Gravy
    • Chicken & Chicken Broth/Gravy
    • Ham & Ham Broth/Gravy
    • Turkey & Turkey Broth/Gravy

 Do Not Buy:

Pouches, desserts, dinners, casseroles, mixtures with added DHA/ARA, salt, sugar, cheese, cereal or pasta

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Cereals

Cold Cereal

12 oz boxes or larger. No single serving packets.

Cereal balances of 11.9 oz or less cannot be redeemed.

All cereal listed in purple are whole grain

National Brands

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  • Cheerios
    • Original
    • MultiGrain
  • Kix
    • Honey Kix
    • Original
    • Berry Berry Kix
  • Chex
    • Cinnamon Chex
    • Corn Chex
    • Rice Chex
    • Vanilla Chex
    • Wheat Chex
    • Blueberry Chex
  • Fiber  One Clusters
  • Total
  • Wheaties

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  • All Bran Complete Wheat Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
    • Plain
  • Shredded Wheat
    • Frosted
  • Special K
  • Crispix
  • Rice Krispies

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  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Mini Spooners

Post Logo

  • Grape Nuts
    • Original Grape Nuts
    • Grape-Nuts Flakes
  • Honey Bunches of Oats
    • Whole Grain Honey Crunch
    • Vanilla Bunches
    • Honey Roasted
    • Cinnamon Bunches
    • Vanilla Multigrain

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  • Life
  • Oat Bran

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  • Simple Granola
  • Low-fat Granola

Store Brands

  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Shredded Wheat
    • Frosted
    • Unfrosted
  • Nutty Nuggets
  • Oat Wise
  • Honey Oats & Flakes
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Corn Squares
  • Shredded Wheat (frosted)
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Corn Flakes
  • Toasted Oats
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Shredded Wheat (frosted)
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Crunchy Oats
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Toasted Oats
  • Toasted Corn
  • Toasted Wheat
  • Crunchy Honey Oats
  • Toasted Rice
  • Bran Flakes
  • Crunchy Nuggets
  • Nutty Nuggets
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Shredded Wheat
    • Frosted
    • Unfrosted
  • Honey Oat Flakes
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Crispy Rice
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Rice
  • Rice Squares
  • Tasteeos
  • Shredded Wheat
    • Frosted
    • Unfrosted
  • Rollin Oats
  • Honey Oats & Flakes
  • Toasted Oats
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Shredded Wheat
    • Frosted
    • Unfrosted
  • Rollin Oats
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Shredded Wheat (frosted)
  • Honey & Oat Mixers
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Toasted Oats
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Shredded Wheat (frosted)
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Wheat Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Good Choice Oat Squares
  • Toasted Corn Crisps
  • Shredded Wheat (Frosted)
  • Nutty Nuggets
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Good Choice Oat Crunch
  • Corn Squares
  • Toasted Oats
  • Bite Size Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Bran Flakes
  • Bran Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Corn Squares
  • Honey Oat Clusters
  • Oats & More with Honey
  • Shredded Wheat (frosted)
  • Natural Wheat & Barley Nuggets
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Oats & More
  • Wheat Bran Flakes
  • Toasted Oats (plain)
  • Bran Flakes
  • Wheat Squares
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shedded Wheat
  • Toasted Oats
  • Bran Flakes
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Rice
  • Honey Crunchin’ Oats
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Nutty Nuggets
  • Oat Squares
  • Oats & O’s
  • Corn Flakes
  • Fat Free Corn Flakes
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • Shredded Wheat
  • Toasted Oats
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Toasted Oats

Hot Cereals

Do Not Buy:

  • Instant
  • Cream of Rice
  • Cream of Wheat
  • Cream of Wheat Whole Grain
  • Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Farina Original
  • MOM Original Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Vermont Style Maple Oatmeal
  • Creamy Wheat
  • Oat Bran Hot Cereal

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Bread/Whole Grains

100% Whole Wheat Bread/Whole Grain Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

May Buy:

  • 1 pound (1lb) or 16 oz loaf

National Brands

Alvarado Street Bakery Whole Wheat
Arnold Stoneground Whole Wheat
Bimbo Whole Wheat
Country Kitchen Whole Wheat
Geissler’s Whole Wheat Bread
Gold Medal Bakery Whole Wheat
Gold Medal Bakery Wheat with Flaxseed
Holsum Whole Wheat
Krasdale 100% Whole Wheat Bread
Pas Yisroel Whole Wheat
Penn Street Whole Wheat
Pepperidge Farm Very Thin 100% Whole Wheat
Pepperidge Farm Whole Wheat Stoneground
Pepperidge Farm Light Style Whole Wheat
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Seeded/Seedless Jewish Rye
Pepperidge Farm Light Style 7 Grain
Sara Lee100% Whole Wheat
Stern’s Whole Wheat
Sunbeam Whole Wheat
Weight Watchers Whole Wheat
Weight Watchers Multi-Grain
Windmill Farms Stone Ground-Menzanos
Windmill Farms Stone Ground-Hamotze
Wonder Whole Wheat

Store Brands

Best Yet Whole Wheat
Big Y Whole Wheat
Central Market Classics Whole Wheat
Great Value100% Whole Wheat
Key Foods Whole Wheat
Nature’s Harvest Whole Wheat
Simply Balanced Whole Wheat
ShopRite Whole Wheat
Stop & Shop Whole Wheat
Stop & Shop Whole Wheat with Flaxseed
Stop & Shop No-Salt Added Whole Wheat
Urban Meadow Whole Wheat

Do Not Buy:

Bagels, deli bread, white bread, store bakery bread

Tortillas

Tortilla Packages

May Buy:

  • 1 pound (lb) or 16 oz bag
  • Soft Corn or Whole Wheat Tortillas

National Brands

Chi-Chi’s Whole Wheat
Chi-Chi’s White Corn
Don Pancho Whole Wheat
Don Pancho White Corn
Lafe Corn
La Banderita Corn
La Banderita Whole Wheat
La Poblanita Corn
Mayan Farms Whole Wheat
Mission Corn
Mission Whole Wheat
Ortega Whole Wheat
Pepito Corn
Pepito Whole Wheat
Tropical Whole Wheat

Store Brands

Big Y Whole Wheat
Food Club Whole Wheat
IGA Whole Wheat
Natures’ Promise Whole Grain
Key Foods Whole Wheat
My Essentials Whole Wheat
Nature’s Promise Whole Wheat
ShopRite Whole Wheat
Stop & Shop White Corn
Stop & Shop Whole Wheat
Stop & Shop Yellow Corn

Brown Rice

Package Brown RiceQuick Cook Brown Rice

Buy:

  • 1 pound (lb) or 14 – 16 oz bag/box
  • Plain brown rice

National Brands

Carolina
Goya
Minute
Mahatma
Success
C & F Boil-in-Bag
C & F Instant
C & F Long/short grain
Riceland Natural
Uncle Ben’s Fast & Natural Whole Grain Instant
Uncle Ben’s Natural Whole Grain
Uncle Ben’s Whole Grain Boil-in-Bag

Store Brands

Best Yet Instant
Best Yet Long Grain
Big Y Instant
Food Club Boil-in-Bag
Great Value
IGA Instant Long Grain
Market Pantry
My Essentials
Parade
PICS/Price Chopper Boil-in-Bag
Shurfine
Signature Kitchens
Stop & Shop Boil-in-Bag
Stop & Shop Instant
White Rose

100% Whole Wheat /Whole Grain Pasta

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Buy:

  • 1 pound or 16 oz package
  • 100% Whole Wheat/Whole Grain Pasta

Brands Allowed

Barilla Whole Wheat/Whole Grain
Delallo Organic Whole Wheat
Full Circle Organic Whole Wheat
Gia Russa Whole Wheat
Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat
Luigi Vitelli Whole Wheat
Racconto Whole Wheat
Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat
ShopRite 100% Whole Wheat
Shurfine Whole Wheat
Simply Balanced Whole Wheat
Urban Meadow Whole Wheat

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Peanut Butter, Beans, Peas, Lentils, and Canned Fish

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

May Buy:

  • 16-18 oz jars
  • Unflavored smooth, creamy or chunky
  • Natural allowed

Do Not Buy:

Flavored or organic

Beans, Peas and Lentils

Dried

Beans

May Buy:

  • 1 pound (16 ounce) bag
  • Any single variety of dried peas, beans, or lentils

Canned

Buy:

  • 15 – 16 oz can
  • Plain or vegetarian

Do Not Buy:

Added sugars, fats, oil, vegetables, fruits or meats, baked beans

For Certain Categories of Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women:

Canned Fish

Chunk Light TunaPink Salmon

May Buy:

  • Packed in water or oil added sauces or flavorings are allowed

Tuna

  • 5 oz can
  • Chunk Light only

Pink Salmon

  • 5 -15 oz cans

Sardines

  • 3.75 oz can

Breast Milk is Environmentally Friendly

Breast Milk is packaged and stored by mother with little or no waste!

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Tips for eWIC Purchases

  1. Your eWIC card is only accepted at Connecticut authorized vendors and cannot be used in any other state. For an updated list of WIC authorized vendors ask your local agency staff, visit ct.gov/dph/wic under the Retailers tab or go to the WICShopper app and click on WIC vendors.
  2. This Food Guide contains a list of WIC approved items. Benefits are specific to the participant need. Therefore, not every product listed in the Food Guide is eligible for your purchase.

For example: Although the food guide has whole milk as a WIC approved item, if you have a child two years or older you will only be able to purchase 1% or skim/fat-free milk for that child.

  1. Not all WIC approved foods may appear in this booklet. To ensure an item is WIC approved use the Scan Barcode option in the WICShopper app. To identify WIC approved foods in the store, look for the Connecticut WIC approved shelf tag. Stores cannot limit your choices of WIC approved brands.

  1. The cashier should scan all your selected items.
  2. When available review the mid transaction receipt before you confirm yes. If you have paid for an item that should have come off the eWIC card you can ask for a refund at the customer service desk before you leave.
  3. In order to better serve you if you have a problem purchasing or buying an item, ask for a store manager. If you need additional assistance, call the State WIC office at 1-800-741-2142 while you are at the store.

Questions

Can I change the foods listed on my family benefit list?

ONLY your local WIC office can change your food package. If you have concerns or special needs, be sure to talk to your WIC Nutritionist before your benefits are issued. They may be able to adjust your food package.

Do I need to purchase everything listed on my family benefit list?

No, you are not required to pick up everything on your Family Benefit List. We encourage you to shop responsibly and only purchase the foods that you know you will use.

What if I run out of food and I’ve used all of my WIC benefits?

The WIC program is only meant to “supplement” your diet. The foods you receive at WIC are not intended to meet all of your nutritional needs. You will need to purchase additional foods on your own. Your local office can help you find additional food assistance programs if needed.

Can I save benefits for next month that I didn’t use?

No. Benefits expire at midnight on the expiration date found on each receipt.

Can I participate in more than one WIC Program at the same time?

No.

What happens if I move?

Try to contact your local WIC office before you move. They can give you transfer information to take to the WIC office in your new area.

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WIC Nutrition Program

CT Department of Public Health

www.ct.gov/dph/wic

1-800-741-2142

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