Checks, not food WIC parents receive special checks for buying food. You can use these checks to pay for extra healthy food, such as milk, eggs, cereal, baby food, fruits and vegetables.
Choosing foods When you meet with a WIC educator, you can talk together about nutrition, children and healthy food. You will learn which foods are “WIC foods.” Then you can decide which WIC foods you want to buy each month.
Different foods for different people A four-year-old child and a pregnant woman need different types of food and different amounts. Which foods can you buy with a WIC food check? What amount of each food can you buy? This will depend on whether you are pregnant, have just delivered, are breastfeeding, or have an infant, toddler or child.
Special cases If you or your child can not tolerate dairy foods such as milk and cheese, you and the WIC educator can choose other healthy foods. If you or your child has a food allergy or another medical concern, a WIC nutritionist can help you choose the best foods for you.
Some of the WIC foods The WIC foods you can buy may include:
• Many kinds of fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains (100% wheat bread, tortillas, brown rice, oats)
• Peanut butter
• Dry beans, peas, lentils
Best food for babies Breastmilk is the best food for babies. It’s all you need for your young baby. Breastmilk is also very healthy for toddlers and children.
More food for breastfeeding mothers and their babies If you are a breastfeeding mother, you can buy more food with your checks than a woman who doesn’t breastfeed. If you don’t receive formula from WIC, and your baby has turned 6 months old, you can buy more baby food with your WIC food checks than a parent who does receive formula.
Other WIC foods for babies Other foods you can buy may include:
• Infant formula
• Baby food in jars
• Baby cereal