Iowa WIC

Approved Foods

Effective October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2018

Updated April 2016

Dairy

Milk, Cheese, Tofu, Soy Beverage and Yogurt

Proteins

Beans, Peas, Lentils, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon and Eggs

Whole Grains

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, and Oatmeal

Juice

Bottled 100% Juice and Frozen 100% Juice

Cereal

Cold Cereal and Hot Cereal

Infant Foods

Infant Fruits and Vegetables, Infant Cereal, Infant Meats, and Infant Formula

Fruits and Vegetables


Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

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Buy:

  • Any variety of fresh, whole, or cut fruits or vegetables
  • Bagged salad mixes
  • Bagged fruits or vegetables

Do not buy:

  • Fruits or vegetables with added ingredients
  • Dressings or dips
  • Herbs or spices
  • Dried, canned, or jarred fruits or vegetables
  • Salad bar items

Frozen Fruits and Vegetables

Buy:

  • Any variety of whole, cut, or mixed
  • Frozen beans such as lima beans, edamame, or black-eyed peas
  • Fruit packaged in juice or water
  • Vegetables with or without salt

Do not buy:

  • Vegetables with added rice, pasta, or meat
  • Vegetables with added sauce, fats, or oils
  • Fruit with added sugar or sweeteners
  • Breaded or battered vegetables
  • Any french fries, tater tots, potato rounds, diced potatoes, shredded hash browns or hash brown patties with fats/oils, seasonings, or sugars

Dairy

Milk, Cheese, Tofu, Soy Beverage, and Yogurt

 Milk

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Buy:

  • Type and quantity as listed
  • Any brand, pasteurized
  • Fat free (skim), Lowfat (1%)
  • Whole
  • Lactose-free (fat free, lowfat, or whole)
  • Evaporated (nonfat or whole)
  • Dry (powdered) nonfat
  • Acidophilus (fat free, 1% or 2%)
  • Meyenberg goat’s milk (whole evaporated, nonfat powdered, or whole powdered)

Do not buy:

  • Flavored (chocolate, strawberry, etc.)
  • Rice or nut milks
  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Buttermilk
  • Sweetened condensed
  • Milk with special claims

Cheese

Cheese

Buy:

  • 8 and 16 oz packages
  • Any brand
  • Shredded, block, or mozzarella string cheese
  • Cheddar, Colby, Colby Jack, Monterey Jack, or Mozzarella
  • Pasteurized
  • 2%, lowfat, or fat free

Do not buy:

  • American, processed, or imported cheese
  • Sliced, cubed, or crumbles
  • Cheese from a service counter
  • Added ingredients, seasonings, or flavors
  • Combination flavor string cheese

 

Tofuhousefoods

Buy:

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

Do not buy:

  • Organic

Yogurt

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Buy:

  • 24 or 32 oz containers
  • Pasteurized
  • Nonfat/fat free, lowfat
  • Whole
  • Plain or flavored
  • Regular of Greek
  • Approved Brands:
    • 24 oz:
      • Anderson Erickson
      • Farmstyle
      • Gaymont
      • Greek Gods
      • Kemps Cass Clay
      • Tillamook
    • 32 oz:
      • Coburn Farms
      • Chobani
      • Dannon
      • Fareway
      • Food Club
      • Great Value
      • HyVee
      • Kemps Cass Clay
      • La Yogurt
      • Lucerne
      • Market Pantry
      • Nostimo
      • Old Home
      • Open Nature
      • Shurfine
      • Simply Balanced
      • Yoplait

Do not buy:

  • Frozen yogurt, yogurt tubes, or drinkable yogurt
  • Single servings or multi-packs
  • Yogurt with added ingredients such as granola, nuts, honey, candy pieces, etc.
  • Yogurt with artificial sweeteners
  • Organic

 

Soy Beverage

Buy:

  • Half Gallons
  • Approved Brands:
    • Silk-Original
    • 8th Continent- Original or Vanilla

 

 

 

Proteins

Beans, Peas, Lentils, Peanut Butter, Tuna, Salmon, and Eggs

Beans, Peas, and Lentils

Beans

Buy:

  • 16 oz bags, dried
  • Any brand
  • Examples:
    • Black
    • Black-eyed
    • Butter
    • Garbanzo/Chickpea
    • Great Northern
    • Kidney
    • Lentils
    • Lima
    • Navy
    • Pinto
    • Red
    • Soy
    • Split Pea

Do not buy:

  • Added ingredients
  • Added seasonings
  • Mixed soup beans

 

Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter

Buy:

  • 16-18 oz jars, store brand only
  • Crunchy or chunky
  • Creamy or smooth
  • Lower sodium
  • Reduced sugar

Do not buy:

  • Added ingredients such as honey, jelly, chocolate, marshmallows, etc.
  • Peanut butter spreads
  • Reduced fat
  • Honey roasted
  • Bulk, organic, or freshly ground
  • Special claims

 

Chunk Light Tuna or Pink Salmon

(Available only for breastfeeding moms not receiving formula from WIC)

 

Buy:

  • 5 oz or larger cans or pouches
  • Any brand
  • Water or oil packed
  • Regular or low sodium

Do not buy:

  • White albacore, solid, or Yellowfin tuna
  • Chum or Red salmon
  • Added flavors or other ingredients
  • Lunch packs

Eggs

White and Brown Eggs

Buy:

  • One dozen, Grade A, Large
  • White or Brown
  • Any Brand

Do not buy:

  • Organic, vegetarian, from cage free or free-range chickens
  • Reduced cholesterol
  • Added Vitamin E
  • Special claims such as added Omega-3

 

Whole Grains

Bread, Tortillas, Brown Rice, and Oatmeal

Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread

Buy:

  • 16, 20, or 24 ounce loaves
  • Packages must say “100% whole wheat”
  • Whole wheat listed as first ingredient on the label

Do not buy:

  • Organic
  • In-store bakery

Tortillas

Tortilla Packages

Buy:

16 oz packages, soft shell only

Corn:

  • Yellow or white
  • Approved Brands:
    • Azteca
    • Best Choice
    • Best Yet
    • Calidad
    • Carlita
    • Celia’s
    • Chi-Chi’s
    • Don Poncho
    • Essential Everyday
    • Food Club
    • Guerrero
    • Herdez
    • HyVee
    • La Banderita
    • La Burrita
    • Mama Lupe’s
    • Mission
    • Pepito
    • Sara Lee
    • Shurfresh
    • Tia Rosa

Whole Wheat:

  • Approved brands:
    • Azteca
    • Best Choice
    • Buenavita
    • Celia’s
    • Chi-Chi’s
    • Food Club
    • Frescado
    • Great Value
    • Hormel
    • HyVee
    • La Banderita
    • Mama Lupe’s
    • Mission
    • Ortega
    • Our Family
    • Schnucks
    • Shurfine

Do not buy:

  • Flour tortillas
  • Hard shell tacos
  • Fried or baked tortilla chips
  • Organic

Brown Rice

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Buy:

  • Any brand, plain
  • Regular: 16 oz package or box
  • Instant or Boil in Bag: 14-16 oz package or box

Do not buy:

  • Added ingredients or flavorings
  • Cans or pouches
  • Pre-cooked
  • Wild rice

Oatmeal

Old Fashioned Oat

Buy:

  • 16 oz containers, Quick or Old Fashioned
  • Approved brands:
    • Best Choice
    • Mom’s Best
    • Our Family

Do not buy:

  • Added ingredients or flavorings

Juice

Bottled 100% Juice and Frozen 100% Juice

Bottled 100% Juice

Buy:

  • 64 oz bottles
  • Added calcium or vitamin D is allowed

Do not buy:

  • Products that are not 100% juice
  • Drinks
  • Ades
  • Nectars
  • Juice beverages
  • Cocktails
  • Twisters
  • Coolers
  • Infant juices
  • Organic

Blended Fruit Juice

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Approved brands:

  • Apple and Eve Cranberry blends
  • Best Choice
  • Big Tex
  • Great Value
  • HyVee Cranberry blends
  • IGA
  • Juicy Juice
  • Just Juice
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Northland Cranberry blends
  • Old Orchard
  • Our Family
  • Schnucks
  • Shurfine
  • Texsun

Apple Juice

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Approved brands:

  • Always Save
  • Apple & Eve
  • Baymist
  • Best Choice
  • Big Tex
  • Essential Everyday
  • Great Value
  • Harvest Classic
  • HyTop
  • HyVee
  • IGA
  • Juicy Juice
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Mott’s Original
  • Mrs. Clark’s
  • Old Orchard
  • Schnucks
  • Seneca
  • Shurfine
  • Texsun
  • Tipton Grove
  • Tree Top

Do not buy:

  • Refrigerated apple juices

Grape Juice

(White, Purple or Red)

Grape Juice

Approved brands:

  • Always Save
  • Baymist
  • Best Choice
  • Big Tex
  • Great Value
  • HyTop
  • HyVee
  • IGA
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Midwest Country Fare
  • Mrs. Clark’s
  • Old Orchard
  • Schnucks
  • Texsun
  • Tipton Grove
  • Welch’s

Do not buy:

  • Refrigerated grape juices

Orange or Grapefruit Juice

Orange Juice

Approved brands:

  • Any brand refrigerated or non-refrigerated
  • With or without pulp

Pineapple Juice

Pineapple Juice

Approved Brands:

  • Best Choice
  • Big Tex
  • HyVee
  • Libby’s
  • Old Orchard
  • Our Family
  • Schnucks
  • Texsun

Tomato or Vegetable Juice

(32 or 64 oz containers)

Tomato Juice

Approved Brands:

  • Best Choice
  • Big Tex
  • Campbell’s (Regular, Healthy Request, or Low Sodium)
  • Diane’s Garden
  • Garden Fest
  • HyTop
  • HyVee
  • IGA
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Mrs. Clark’s
  • Our Family
  • Schnucks
  • Texsun
  • V8 Plain

Do not buy:

  • V8 Fusion or V8 Splash
  • Flavors like spicy hot or picante

Frozen 100% Juice

Buy:

  • 11.5-12 oz containers
  • Added calcium or vitamin D is allowed

Apple Juice

Frozen Apple Juice

Approved brands:

  • Best Choice
  • Food Club
  • Great Value
  • HyTop
  • HyVee
  • IGA
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Old Orchard
  • Seneca
  • Shurfine
  • Tree Top

Grape Juice

Frozen Grape Juice

Approved brands:

  • Best Choice
  • Great Value
  • Market Pantry
  • Old Orchard
  • Seneca
  • Welch’s (yellow top only)

Orange Juice

Frozen Orange Juice

Approved brands:

  • Any brand
  • Added pulp or pulp-free is allowed

Grapefruit Juice

Frozen Grapefruit Juice

Approved brands:

  • Any brand

Pineapple Juice

Frozen Pineapple Juice

 

Approved brands:

  • Dole
  • Langers
  • Market Pantry
  • Old Orchard

Cereal

Cold Cereal and Hot Cereal

Cold Cereal

Buy:

  • 12 oz package or larger
  • Approved store brands:

 

Store Brands

  • Types:
    • Bran Flakes
    • Corn Flakes
    • Corn Squares/Biscuits
    • Crisp(y) Rice
    • Crispy Hexagons
    • Frosted Shredded Wheat
    • Multigrain Toasted Oats/Tasteeos/Medley/Spins
    • Nutty Nuggets/Crunchy Nuggets/Nuggety Nuggets/Wheat and Crunchy/Nutty Crunchers
    • Oats and More/Honey and Oats
    • Oat Squares/Oatmeal Squares
    • Oat Wise/Simple Living/4 Corner Crunch/Live Life @ 100%/Crunchy Oat Squares
    • Rice Squares/Biscuits
    • Toasted Oats/Tasteeos/Happy O’s/Rollin’ Oats
    • Wheat Flakes
    • Wheat Squares/Biscuits

 

  • Approved national brands:

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  • Cheerios
    • Original
    • MultiGrain
  • Kix
    • Original
    • Berry Berry
    • Honey
  • Chex
    • Corn Chex
    • Rice Chex
    • Wheat Chex
  • Wheaties

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  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispix
  • Rice Krispies
  • Special K
  • Frosted Mini-Wheats
    • Original
    • Bite Size

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  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Mini Spooners
  • Oat Blenders with Honey
  • Oat Blenders with Honey and Almonds

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

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  • Life
  • Oatmeal Squares
    • Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
    • Oatmeal Squares Cinnamon
    • Oatmeal Squares Golden Maple
    • Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut

Hot Cereal

Buy:

  • Approved Brands:
  • Cream of WheatCream of Wheat (1, 2½, or 10 Minute)
  • Cream of Whole Grain (1, 2½, or 10 Minute)
  • Cream of Rice

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  • Malt-O-Meal Original
  • Malt-O-Meal Chocolate

 

Do not buy:

  • Added fruit
  • Individual servings
  • Yogurt or nuts

Infant Foods

Infant Fruits and Vegetables, Infant Cereal, Infant Meats, and Infant Formula

Infant Fruits and Vegetables

Infant fruit and vegetables

Buy:

  • 4 oz containers (jars or twin packs)
  • Stage 2 or 2+
  • Single or mixed flavors
  • Approved brands:
    • Beechnut Stage 2
    • Gerber 2nd Foods
    • Tippy Toes Stage 2

Do not buy:

  • Dinners or desserts
  • Added ingredients such as meats, pasta, oatmeal, etc.
  • Pouches
  • Organic

 

Infant Cereal

Infant Cereal BrandsBuy:

  • 8 and 16 oz packages
  • Rice, Oatmeal, MultiGrain, or Whole Wheat
  • Approved Brands:
    • Beechnut
    • Gerber
    • Tippy Toes

Do not buy:

  • Added fruit, formula, or yogurt
  • Special claims such as added DHA/ARA
  • Single serving packages
  • Organic

 

Infant Meats

(Available for breastfed infants not receiving formula from WIC)

Infant Meats Brands

Buy

  • Single flavor
  • 2.5 oz containers
  • Beef, Chicken, Ham, or Turkey
  • Approved brands:
    • Beechnut Stage 1
    • Gerber 2nd Foods
    • Tippy Toes Stage 2

Do not buy:

  • Dinners
  • Added ingredients such as pasta, oatmeal, vegetables, etc.
  • Meat sticks

Infant Formula

Buy:

  • Specified brand and size. No substitutions in brands or size of container.

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Bureau of Nutrition and Health Promotion
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