Kansas WIC

Food Guide

Effective October 2019

Dairy

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

Peanut Butter, Beans, and Fish

Beans, Lentils, Peas, Peanut Butter, Canned Fish

Whole Grains

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, Whole Wheat Pasta

Breakfast Cereals

Hot Cereal, Cold Cereal

Baby Food, Infant Cereals

Infant Fruits & Vegetables, Infant Cereal, Infant Meats, Infant Formula, Breastfeeding

Fruits and Vegetables

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

iowa1

Buy:

  • Any variety of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Bagged salad mixes
  • Bagged fruits  and vegetables
  • Cut fruit or vegetables

Not Approved:

  • Canned
  • Frozen
  • Items from the salad bar
  • Party Trays
  • Decorative fruits or vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Leafy herbs or spices (e.g. basil, cilantro, parsley, etc.)
  • Kits with sauces and/or dressings

Fruit Mix

Tip:

Milk, Eggs, and Cheese

Milk

All approved milk is fortified with Vitamin D.

 

iowamilk

Buy:

  • Type and quantity as listed on the current benefit
  • For Children 1 Year Old:
    • Whole milk
    • Lactose Free whole milk
    • Whole Evaporated milk
  • For Children 2 to 5 Years Old & Women:
    • Fat Free milk (skim) and Low Fat milk (1/2 or 1%)
    • Lactose Free Fat Free and Low Fat milk
    • Fat Free and Low Fat evaporated milk
    • Nonfat Dry milk

Not Approved:

  • Buttermilk
  • Flavored milk
  • Raw unpasteurized milk
  • Non-dairy milk substitutes
  • Rice Milk*
  • Organic milk
  • Almond milk*
  • Coconut milk*
  • Milk in glass containers
  • Goats Milk

*Does not meet minimum nutrition requirements.

Eggs

Buy:

  • One dozen,
    • Grade A, Large
    • Grade AA, Large

Not Approved:

  • Brown
  • Free-range
  • Specialty
  • Organic
  • Cage-free

Cheese

Buy:

  • One 16 ounce package or two 8 ounce packages
  • Pasteurized Processed American (sliced)
  • Cheddar (block)
  • Colby (block)
  • Monterrey Jack (block)
  • Mozzarella (block)
  • Swiss (block)
  • Combination of any of the cheeses listed above

Not Approved:

  • Imported cheese
  • Cheese food, product or spread
  • Shredded cheese
  • Cheese with added flavors
  • Individually wrapped slices
  • Organic

 

Tofu

housefoods

Buy:

  • 16 oz packages
  • Approved brands:
    • Azumaya-Firm
    • House Foods- Medium Firm, Firm, or Extra Firm
    • Nasoya-Silken

Not Approved:

  • Any other size, container, type, flavor or brand

Yogurt

yogurt

Buy:

32 oz containers

Children 1 Year Old – Whole Milk Yogurt

  • Dannon – Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Kroger – Plain and Vanilla
  • Mountain High –  Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla

Children 2 to 5 Years Old & Women – Lowfat & Nonfat Yogurt

  • Best Choice –  Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Coburn Farms –  Plain and Vanilla
  • Dannon – Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Dannon Light & Fit –  Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Great Value – Peach, Plain, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana and Vanilla
  • Hiland –  Peach, Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Hy-Vee – Blueberry, Peach, Plain, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana and Vanilla
  • Kroger – Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • LALA – Mango, Mixed Berry, Peach, Pina Colada, Plain, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana and Vanilla
  • Market Pantry –  Plain and Vanilla
  • Mountain High – Plain and Vanilla
  • Our Family – Blueberry, Peach, Plain, Strawberry and Vanilla
  • Shurfine – Plain
  • Yoplait – Blueberry, Harvest Peach, Plain, Strawberry, Strawberry Banana, and Vanilla

Not Approved:

  • Any other size, brand or flavor
  • Greek
  • Drinkable
  • Yogurt with added ingredients such as granola, nuts, honey, candy pieces, etc.
  • Organic

Soy Beverage

 

Buy:

  • Half gallon (64 oz) or Quart (32 oz) containers
  • Original/Plain or Vanilla
  • Approved Brands:
    • 8th Continent – Original and Vanilla
    • Great Value – Original
    • Silk – Original and Aseptic (shelf stable) Origina
    • WestSoy – (shelf stable) – Organic Plus Plain and Organic Plus Vanilla

Not Approved:

  • Any other size, container, type, flavor, or brand

Peanut Butter, Beans, and Fish

Dried Beans and Peas

Beans

Buy:

  • 1 lb (16 oz) or 2 lb (32 oz) bag
  • Any brand
  • Your choice of:
    • Dried Beans
    • Peas
    • Lentils

Not Approved:

  • Soup mixes

Canned Beans

Buy:

  • 15 – 16 oz can
  • Any Brand
    • Black Beans
    • Black-Eyed Peas
    • Crowder Peas
    • Fat-Free Re-fried Beans
    • Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)
    • Great Northern Beans
    • Kidney Beans
    • Lentils
    • Lima or Butter Beans
    • Navy Beans
    • Pinto Beans
    • Purple Hull Peas
    • Red Beans
    • Split Peas

Not Allowed:

  • Green Beans
  • Baked Beans
  • Flavored Beans
  • Pork and Beans
  • Chili Beans
  • Soups
  • Beans containing added sugars, fats, meats, or oils

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Buy:

  • 16-18 oz jar
  • Any brand
  • Crunchy
  • Natural
  • Smooth/Creamy

Not Approved:

  • Peanut butter spreads
  • Peanut butter with added flavors
  • Fortified peanut butter
  • Organic
  • Reduced Fat

 

Chunk Light Tuna or Pink Salmon

Available to exclusively breastfeeding mothers and pregnant or breastfeeding mothers with twins or triplets.

 

Chunk Light TunaPink Salmon

Buy:

  • Any brand
  • 3 – 15 oz containers
  • Light Tuna, Chunk
    • Packed in water or oil
  • Pink Salmon
    • Packed in water or oil

Not Approved:

  • Albacore tuna
  • Tuna spreads
  • Smoked or any other type of salmon
  •  Lunch packs
  • Fish with added flavoring

100% Juice

Buy:

  • 100% fruit juice only
  • Only the container size listed on the current benefits

Not Approved:

  • Sugar added
  • Organic or DHA
  • Infant Juice
  • Refrigerated (except orange)
  • Juice cocktails, drinks or ades

Orange Juice

Frozen Orange Juice

Any Brand

  • Concentrate (frozen or non-frozen) 11.5-12 oz
  • 64 oz shelf stable and refrigerated
  • With or without added calcium

For Women

Frozen Concentrate 100% Juice

11.5 – 12 oz only

  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Pineapple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Any flavor with a green lid (100% Juice)
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Any flavor with a yellow band (100% Juice)

For Women

Non-Frozen Concentrate 

11.5 – 12 oz only

  • Any flavor with a yellow band (100% Juice)

For Children

Shelf Stable 

64 oz only

  • Apple Juice
  • Apple Juice – Natural Style
  • Cranberry Apple
  • Cranberry Grape
  • Cranberry Juice & More
  • Cranberry Pomegranate
  • Cranberry Raspberry
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Berry
  • Cherry
  • Cranberry
  • Grape
  • Pineapple
  • Punch
  • Tomato
  • White Grape
  • White Grapefruit
  • Tomato
  • Tomato – Low Sodium
  • Apple
  • Cranberry
  • Cranberry Grape
  • Grape
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato
  • White Grape
  • White Grape Peach
  • Apple
  • Apple Cider
  • Apple – Premium
  • Concord Grape
  • Cranberry
  • Cranberry Apple
  • Cranberry Raspberry
  • Grapefruit
  • Just  Juice Apple
  • Just Juice Berry
  • Just Juice Cherry
  • Just Juice Fruit Punch
  • Just Juice Grape
  • Pineapple
  • Tomato
  • White Grape
  • Any Flavor (100% Juice)
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • White Grape Peach
  • Apple
  • Apple Berry Cherry
  • Apple Cranberry
  • Apple Grape
  • Apple Kiwi Strawberry
  • Apple Orange Pineapple
  • Apple Peach Mango
  • Concord Grape
  • Grape
  • Grape Juice Plus
  • Harvest Apple Plus
  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Prune Juice Plus
  • Red Grape
  • Ruby Red Grapefuit
  • Tomato
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple Cherry
  • Apple Mango
  • Apple White Grape
  • Apple
  • Premium Apple
  • Blueberry Blackberry Acai
  • Cranberry
  • Cranberry Blackberry
  • Cranberry Cherry
  • Cranberry Mango
  • Cranberry Pomegranate
  • Cranberry Raspberry
  • Pomegranate Blueberry
  • Raspberry Blueberry
  • Any flavor with 100% juice on the label
  • Apple (from concentrate)
  • Apple (not from concentrate)
  • Fresh Pressed Apple Cider
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Tomato
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple Berry
  • Apple Grape
  • Orange Passion-fruit
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Grape
  • Red Grape
  • Super Berry
  • White Grape

Not Approved: Juice that has added sugar or DHA, infant juice, organic, refrigerated (except orange), juice cocktails, drinks or ades

Whole Grains

100% Whole Wheat Bread, Rolls , Thins and Buns

Whole Wheat Bread

Buy:

12, 16, 20 or 24 oz packages

Product labels for breads/rolls/buns must include the words 100% Whole Wheat. Whole wheat flour must be the first ingredient listed. To find a complete list of WIC approved breads go to: www.kansaswic.org


 

Brown Rice

Package Brown RiceQuick Cook Brown Rice

Buy:

Any Brand

16 or 32 oz containers

  • Regular
  • Quick

14 oz containers

  • Instant

Not Approved:

  • Added sugar, salt, flavoring, fat, oil

 

Tortillas

Tortilla Packages

Buy:

Soft Corn (yellow or white) or Whole Wheat Tortillas

8, 12, 16, 20, 24, or 32 oz packages

  • Best Choice
  • Chi-Chi’s
  • Don Pancho
  • Food Club
  • Guerrero
  • Hy-Vee
  • Kroger
  • La Banderita
  • La Burrita
  • Mama Lupe’s
  • Mi Casa
  • Mission
  • Ortega
  • Our Family
  • Santa Fe
  • Shurfine
  • Tio Santi

Not Approved:

  • Any other brand

 

Whole Wheat or Whole Grain Pasta

16 oz only 

Buy:

  • Barilla
  • Full Circle
  • Hodgson Mill
  • Kroger
  • Our Family
  • Racconto
  • Ronzoni Healthy Harvest
  • Shurfine
  • Simple Truth

Not Approved:

  • Any other brand
  • No added sugar, fats, oils, or salt (i.e. sodium)

Breakfast Cereals

Good Source of Iron, Folic Acid and Other Important Nutrients

Cold Cereal

Buy:

  • 11 oz or larger, not to exceed 36 oz

Not Approved:

  • Any cereal or brand not listed
  • Organic
  • Corn Crisp
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Essentially You
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Honey Oat Clusters
  • Honey Oat Clusters with Almonds
  • Maple Brown Sugar Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Rice Crisp
  • Strawberry Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Toasted Oats*
  • Wheat Bran Flakes*
  • Wheat Flakes*
  • Berry Berry Kix*
  • Blueberry Chex
  • Cheerios*
  • Cinnamon Chex
  • Corn Chex
  • Fiber One Honey Clusters*
  • Honey Kix*
  • Kix*
  • Multi Grain Cheerios*
  • Rice Chex
  • Vanilla Chex
  • Wheat Chex*
  • Wheaties*
  • Whole Grain Total*
  • Wheat Grain Total*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crunchy Honey Oats
  • Crunchy Nuggets*
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat Bitesize*
  • Multi Grains O’s*
  • O’s*
  • Oat Crunch*
  • Rice Crispers
  • Rice Squares
  • Wheat Squares*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Rice
  • Maple Brown Sugar Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Oat Squares*
  • Oats & More with Almonds
  • Oats & More with Honey
  • Toasted Rice Squares
  • Wheat Bran Flakes*
  • Wheat Flakes*
  • All-Bran Complete Wheat Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispix
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites*
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats Original*
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats Touch of Fruit Raisin*
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats Touch of Fruit Raspberry*
  • Rice Krispies
  • Special K Original
  • Special K Protein Honey Almond Ancient Grains*
  • Special K Protein Original Multi Grain Touch of Cinnamon*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Toasted Rollin’ Oats*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat – Strawberry Cream*
  • Honey Crisp Medley with Almonds
  • Honey Crisp Medley
  • Living Well*
  • Nutty Nuggets*
  • Oat Squares*
  • Rice Squares
  • Toasted Oats*
  • Blueberry Mini Spooners*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Mini Spooners*
  • Strawberry Cream Mini Spooners*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crisp Rice
  • 4 Corner Crunch Original*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Multi Grain Toasted Oats*
  • Oats and More with Almonds
  • Oats and More with Honey
  • Rice Squares
  • Tasteeos/Toasted Oats*
  • Grape Nuts*
  • Grape Nuts Flakes*
  • Great Grains Banana Nut Crunch*
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Honey Roasted
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Pecan & Maple Brown Sugar
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Almond Crunch*
  • Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch*
  • Honey Bunches of Oats with Almonds
  • Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon Bunches
  • Honey Bunches of Oats with Vanilla Bunches*

• Life *
• Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon*
• Oatmeal Squares Golden Maple*
• Oatmeal Squares Hint of Brown Sugar*
• Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut*

  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Tasteeos/Toasted Oats*
  • Wheat Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Corn Squares
  • Crispy Rice
  • Crunchy Corn & Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat Bite Size*
  • Oats and More with Almonds
  • Oats and More with Honey
  • Rice Squares
  • Tasteeos/Toasted Oats*
  • Wheat Bran Flakes*
  • Wheat Squares*
  • Simple Granola*
Choose cereals marked with * for those rich in whole grains

Hot Cereal

Buy:

11- 36 oz

Not Approved:

  • Any cereal or brand not listed
  • Organic
  • Creamy Farina
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*

Co Co Wheats

  • Co Co Wheats
  • Cream of Rice
  • Cream of Rice Instant
  • Cream of Wheat (1 minute)
  • Cream of Wheat (2½ minute)
  • Cream of Wheat Instant
  • Cream of Rice Instant
  • Whole Grain Cream of Wheat*
  • Whole Grain Cream of Wheat Instant*
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*
  • Grits Instant Butter Flavor
  • Original Instant Oatmeal*
  • Chocolate Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Original Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Maple Oatmeal*
  • Vermont Style Maple Oatmeal*
  • Instant Oatmeal Regular Flavor*
  • Instant Grits Orginal
  • Instant Oatmeal Original*
  • Instant Oatmeal Original Flavor*

Baby Food, Infant Cereal

Baby Food –  fruits and vegetables

Fruits & Vegetables
4 oz containers and multi-packs of two 4 oz containers to total 8 oz
  • Single or mixed fruits
  • Single or mixed vegetables

Not Approved: desserts, dinners, cobblers, delights, organic, added sugar, starch, or DHA/ARA

Baby Food – Meats

(Available to exclusively breastfed babies only.)

 

Buy

  • 2 1/2 oz containers
  • Single meats with broth
  • Single meats with gravy

Not Approved:

  • Dinners
  • Organic

Infant Cereal

Buy:

  • 8 oz or 16 oz containers
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole Wheat
  • Barley
  • Mixed
  • Brands include Beech-Nut and Gerber

Not Approved:

  • Added fruit or formula
  • DHA/ARA
  • Organic

Infant Formula

Buy:

  • The brand, type and size listed on current benefits

Not Approved:

  • Any other brand, type or size

 

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is Healthy for Moms & Babies

Every family can help their baby develop and grow with breast milk. It’s also a healthy affordable solution. 

Healthy for Moms
  • Helps keep your bones strong, which will protect you from osteoporosis in the future
  • Less prep work for you – milk is readily available at the right temperature
  • Reduces risk of type 2 diabetes, and also reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers
Healthy for Babies
  • Best possible nutrition
  • Easy to digest
  • Helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and cancer
  • Reduces risk of SIDS, ear infections, RSV, and diarrhea
  • Promotes brain growth. Studies show that children who were breastfed have higher IQs.
Great for Families
  • Help moms and babies stay healthy
  • Healthy moms and babies are more active and ready for play
  • Saves time, money and the environment
Kansas WIC has Lactation Consultants and Peer Counselors on staff to provide breastfeeding support at no cost. WIC can help with any challenges including the transition back to work or school.

Shopping Tips and Reminders

  • Know your WIC food benefit balance before you go to the store.
  • Shop for WIC foods at Kansas authorized grocery stores displaying the “We Accept Kansas eWIC Cards” door decal.
  • Buy only what you need when you need it. You do not have to buy all your foods at one time!
  • Use the WIC Shopper app as you shop to make sure an item is WIC approved for you and/or your family.
  • You do not have to present ID at the check out.
  • Some stores may require you to separate WIC items from other purchases. Ask if this is needed.
  • Swipe your eWIC card before any other forms of payment.
  • Any remaining balance can be paid with SNAP, cash and/or debit/credit.
  • Review and keep receipts.
  • Contact your local WIC agency right away if you are having issues with your eWIC card, or if your eWIC card is lost or stolen.
  • WIC foods cannot be returned to the store for credit or cash or exchanged for other items.
  • Be polite to the cashier.

Kansas WIC Logo 400xTransparentKansas Department of Health and Environment
Bureau of Family Health
Nutrition and WIC Services
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 220
Topeka, KS 66612

www.kansaswic.org

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