Kansas WIC

Food Guide

Effective June 2016

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

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Buy:

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

Do not buy:

  • Canned
  • Frozen
  • Items from the salad bar
  • Party Trays
  • Decorative fruits or vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Herbs or spices (e.g. garlic, cilantro, parsley, etc.)

Fruit Mix

Tips:

Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is as easy as:

  • Rinse and eat
  • Peel and eat
  • Slice and eat

Milk, Eggs, and Cheese

Milk, eggs, and cheese must be store brand or least expensive brand available. 

 Milk

All authorized milk is fortified with Vitamin D.

 

iowamilk

Buy:

  • Type and quantity as listed on the check
  • No Fat (Skim)
  • Lowfat Options (1/2%, 1%)
  • Reduced Fat (2%) (Only for certain medical conditions)
  • Whole Milk (for 12-24 months old)
  • Fat Free, Lowfat or Reduced Fat Lactose Free
  • Whole Lactose Free
  • Fat Free or Lowfat Evaporated
  • Whole Evaporated
  • Nonfat Dry

Do not buy:

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

*Does not meet minimum nutrition requirements.

Eggs

Buy:

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

Do not buy:

  • Brown
  • Free-range
  • Specialty
  • Organic

Cheese

Buy:

  • One 16 ounce package or two 8 ounce packages
  • Pasteurized Processed American (sliced)
  • Cheddar (block)
  • Cojack (block)
  • Colby (block)
  • Monterrey Jack (block)
  • Mozzarella (block)
  • Swiss (block)

Do not buy:

  • 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

Do not buy:

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

Yogurt

yogurt

Buy:

  • 32 oz containers
  • Original/Plain, Vanilla, or Strawberry
  • Whole, lowfat and non fat
  • Approved Brands
    • Coburn Farms
    • Dannon Naturals
    • Great Value
    • Hy-Vee
    • Kroger
    • Market Pantry
    • Mountain High
    • Our Family
    • Shrufine
    • Yoplait

Do not buy:

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

Soy Beverage

silkorginal copy8th Continent Soy Beverage

Buy:

  • Half gallons (64 oz) containers only
  • Original/Plain or Vanilla
  • Approved Brands
    • Silk-Original only
    • 8th Continent
    • WestSoy

Do not buy:

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

Peanut Butter, Beans, and Fish

Dried Beans and Peas

Beans

Buy:

  • Up to 1 lb bag
  • Any brand
  • Your choice of:
    • Dried Beans
    • Peas
    • Lentils

Do not buy:

  • Soup mixes

Canned Beans

Buy:

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

Do not buy:

  • 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
  • Smooth/Creamy

Do not buy:

  • Peanut butter spreads
  • Peanut butter with added flavors
  • Fortified peanut butter
  • Natural
  • Organic

 

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
  • 5 – 15 oz containers
  • Light Tuna, Chunk
    • Packed in water or oil
  • Pink Salmon
    • Packed in Water of oil

Do not buy:

  • Albacore tuna
  • Tuna spreads
  • Any other type of salmon
  •  Lunch packs
  • Fish with added flavoring

 

 

 

100% Juice

Buy:

  • 100% fruit juice only

Do not buy:

  • Sugar added
  • Organic or DHA
  • Infant Juice
  • Refrigerated
  • 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
  • With or without added calcium

Frozen Concentrate 100% Juice

Buy:

  • 11.5-12 oz containers only
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Pineapple Orange
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Any flavor with a green lid
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Any flavor with a yellow band

Non-Frozen Concentrate

  • 11.5 – 12 oz Only
  • Any flavor with a yellow band

Shelf Stable Bottled  100% Juice

Buy:

  • 64 oz bottles only

  • Any flavor
  • Apple
  • Berry
  • Cherry
  • Grape
  • Punch
  • Grape Blend
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • White Grape Peach
  • Apple
  • Grape
  •  White Grape
  • Just  Juice Apple
  • Just Juice Berry
  • Just Juice Cherry
  • Just Juice Fruit Punch
  • Just Juice Grape
  • Any Flavor
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • White Grape Peach
  • Apple
  • Apple Kiwi
  • Strawberry
  • Apple Orange Pineapple
  • Apple Peach Mango
  • Grape Juice Plus
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple
  • Premium Apple
  • Apple
  • Berry
  • Cherry Punch
  • Fruit Punch
  • Grape
  • Grape Blend
  • White Grape
  • Apple
  • Big Bird Apple
  • Elmo’s Punch
  • Grover’s White Grape
  • Bert and Ernie’s Berry
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • White Grape
  • Juice-A-Lot Berry
  • Juice-A-Lot Cherry
  • Juice-A-Lot Grape
  • Juice-A-Lot Punch
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Apple
  • Apple Berry
  • Apple Grape

Whole Grains

100% Whole Wheat Bread, Rolls and Buns

Whole Wheat Bread

Buy:

  • 12, 16, 20, or 24 oz packages
  • Packages must say “100% whole wheat”
  • Whole wheat listed as first ingredient on the label

Brands that have 100% Whole Wheat products to meet the above criteria include:

Brown Rice

Package Brown RiceQuick Cook Brown Rice

Buy:

  • Any brand
  • Regular, Quick: 16 oz container
  • Instant: 14 oz container

Do not buy:

  • Added sugar, salt, flavoring, fat, oil

Tortillas

Tortilla Packages

Buy:

16 oz packages, soft shell only

Corn:

  • Yellow or white
  • Any Brand

Whole Wheat

  • Approved brands
    • Best Choice
    • Chi-Chi’s
    • Don Pancho
    • Food Club
    • Guerrero
    • Hy-Vee
    • IGA
    • Kroger
    • La Banderita
    • La Burrita
    • Mama Lupe’s
    • MiCasa
    • Mission
    • Ortega
    • Our Family
    • Santa Fe
    • Shurfine

Do not buy:

  • Any other brand

Whole Wheat Pasta

Buy:

  • 16 oz only
  • Approved Brands
    • Barilla
      • Whole Wheat Penne
      • Whole Wheat Spaghetti
    • Full Circle
    • Kroger
    • ShurFine
    • Simple Truth
    • Nash Brothers Trading Company
    • Natural Directions
    • Hodgson Mill
    • Racconto
    • Ronzoni

Do not buy:

  • 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

Do not buy:

  • Any cereal or brand not listed
  • Organic
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Biscuits
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Essentially You
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Happy O’s*
  • Oats & More with Almonds
  • Oats & More with Honey
  • Oat Wise*
  • Rice Biscuits
  • Wheat Biscuits
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Biscuits
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Essentially You
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Nutty Nuggets*
  • Oats & More with Almonds
  • Oats & More with Honey
  • Oat Wise*
  • Rice Biscuits
  • Tasteeos/Toasted Oats*
  • Wheat Biscuits*
  • Berry Berry Kix*
  • Cheerios*
  • Cheerios + Ancient Grains*
  • Corn Chex
  • Dora the Explorer
  • Fiber One Honey Clusters*
  • Honey Kix*
  • Kix*
  • Multi Grain Cheerios*
  • Rice Chex
  • Wheat Chex*
  • Wheaties*
  • Whole Grain Total*
  • Bite Size Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crisp Rice
  • Crunchy Nuggets*
  • Crunchy Oat Squares*
  • Honey Oats and Flakes
  • Toasted Corn
  • Toasted MultiGrain*
  • Toasted Rice
  • Toasted Wheat*
  • Toasted Whole Grain Oats*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Biscuits
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Essentially You
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Frosted Bite Size Shredded Wheat – Blueberry*
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat – Strawberry Cream*
  • Multigrain Tasteeos*
  • Nutty Nuggets*
  • Oats & More with Almonds
  • Oats & More with Honey
  • Oat Wise*
  • Rice Biscuits
  • Simple Living*
  • Tasteeos*
  • Toasted Corn Squares
  • Toasted Rice Squares
  • Wheat Biscuits*
  • Wheat Flakes*
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Biscuits
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Hexagons
  • Crispy Rice
  • Nutty Nuggets*
  • Oats & More with Almonds
  • Rice Biscuits
  • Tasteeos*
  • Toasted Oats*
  • All Bran*
  • 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
  • Bran Flakes*
  • Corn Bitz
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Hexa-Grains*
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat – Blueberry*
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat – Strawberry Cream*
  • Honey Crisp Medley with Almonds
  • Honey Crisp Medley
  • Living Well*
  • Living Well Multigrain*
  • Multigrain Toasted Oats*
  • Nutty Nuggets*
  • Oat Squares*
  • Rice Bitz
  • Toasted Oats*
  • Blueberry Mini Spooners*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Crispy Rice
  • Frosted Mini Spooners*
  • Oat Blenders with Honey
  • Scooters*
  • Strawberry Cream Mini Spooners*
  • Corn Flakes
  • Frosted Shredded Wheat*
  • Frosted Strawberry Shredded Wheat*
  • Honey & Oat Mixers
  • Toasted Oats*
  • Toasted Rice

• 4 Corner Crunch Original*
• Corn Biscuits
• Corn Flakes
• Crispy Hexagons
• Crispy Rice
• Essentially You
• Frosted Shredded Wheat*
• Frosted Shredded Wheat
– Strawberry Cream*
• Bran Flakes*
• Multigrain Toasted Oats*
• Nutty Nuggets*
• Oats and More w/Almonds
• Oats and More w/Honey
• Oat Wise*
• Rice Biscuits
• Toasted Oats*
• Wheat Biscuits*

• Alpha-Bits*
• Banana Nut Crunch*
• Bran Flakes*
• Grape Nuts*
• Grape Nuts Flakes*
• Honey Nut Shredded Wheat*
• Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Honey Roasted
• Honey Bunches of Oats w/Almond Bunches
• Honey Bunches of Oats w/Cinnamon Bunches
• Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain Honey Crunch*
• Honey Bunches of Oats Whole Grain w/Vanilla Bunches*

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

• Bran Flakes*
• Corn Biscuits
• Corn Flakes
• Crispy Hexagons
• Crispy Rice
• Essentially You
• Frosted Shredded Wheat*
• Oats & More
• Oats & More w/Almonds
• Oat Wise*
• Rice Biscuits
• Tasteeos w/Honey*

• Corn Flakes
• Corn Squares
• Crisp Rice
• Crispy Rice
• Crunchy Corn
• Crunchy Corn & Rice
• Crunchy Rice
• Crunchy Wheat
Squares*
• Enriched Bran Flakes*
• Frosted Shredded Wheat*
• Frosted Shredded Wheat Bite Size*
• Honey, Oats & Flakes
w/Almonds
• Multigrain Medley*
• Nutty Nuggets*

• Oats & More w/Almonds & Honey Oat Clusters
• Oats & More w/Honey Oat Clusters
• Oat Wise*
• Rice Squares
• Toasted Oats*
• Wheat Bran*
• Wheat Squares*

*Indicates cereals made with whole grain.

Hot Cereal

Buy:

  • Approved Brands
  • 11 oz or larger, not to exceed 36 oz

Do not buy:

  • Any cereal or brand not listed
  • Organic
  • Creamy Wheat Farina
  • Regular Flavor Instant Oatmeal*
  • Cream of Rice
  • Cream of Wheat (1 minute)
  • Cream of Wheat (10 minute)
  • Cream of Wheat (2½ minute)
  • Cream of Wheat Instant
  • Cream of Rice Instant
  • Healthy Grain Cream of Wheat Instant*
  • Whole Grain Cream of Wheat*
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*
  • Creamy Wheat Farina
  • Instant Oatmeal Original Flavor*
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*
  • Grits Instant Butter Flavor
  • Instant Oatmeal Regular Flavor*
  • Chocolate Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Original Hot Wheat Cereal
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*
  • Instant Grits Orginal
  • Instant Oatmeal Original*
  • Creamy Wheat Farina
  • Instant Regular Oatmeal*
  • Creamy Wheat Farina
  • Instant Oatmeal Regular Flavor*

*Indicates cereals made with whole grain

Baby Food, Infant Cereal

Infant fruits and vegetables

 

Buy:

  • 4 oz containers
  • Single or mixed fruits
  • Single or mixed vegetables
  • No added sugar, starch or salt
  • No added DHA/ARA

Do not buy:

  • Desserts
  • Dinners
  • Cobblers
  • Delights
  • Organic

Tip

 

Infant Meats

(Available to exclusively breastfed babies only.)

 

Buy

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

Do not buy:

  • Dinners
  • Organic

Infant Cereal

Buy:

  • 8 oz box or larger
  • Rice
  • Oatmeal
  • Whole Wheat
  • Barley
  • Mixed

Do not buy:

  • Added fruit or formula
  • DHA/ARA
  • Organic

Brands that have products to meet the criteria for baby food and infant cereal include:

Infant Formula

Buy:

  • The brand, type and size listed on the check

Do not buy:

  • Any other brand, type or size

Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding

Each mother makes perfect breastmilk to fit her baby’s growth and developmental needs.

 

Breastmilk is perfect for babies

  • Best possible nutrition
  • Easy to digest – immediately ready to help baby grow
  • Reduces risk of SIDS, ear infections, RSV and diarrhea
  • Helps prevent chronic disease including diabetes, asthma, heart disease and cancer
  • Promotes brain growth and a smarter baby – child – adult
  • Always clean and safe

Breastmilk is perfect for moms

  • Always ready at the right temperature
  • Promotes weight loss after pregnancy
  • Prevents chronic disease including osteoporosis and cancer

Breastmilk is perfect for families

  • Healthy breastfed babies are ready for play – more fun for dads, brothers, sisters and grandparents
  • Breastfed babies stay healthier – moms and dads don’t have to miss work for a sick baby
  • Breastfeeding saves money – mom can eat a little more and make plenty of breastmilk.
  • Breastfeeding saves time – always ready anywhere you go, nothing to carry but your baby
  • Breastfeeding saves the environment – no manufacturing pollution or waste

Shopping Tips and Reminders

  • Handle your WIC checks carefully.
  • Shop for WIC foods at Kansas authorized grocery stores displaying the “We Accept WIC Checks” door decal.
  • Always take your WIC Program book with you to shop for WIC foods.
  • Contact your local WIC agency right away if something happens to your checks. Checks are replaced only in special cases.
  • Contact your local WIC agency to make any changes on your WIC checks.
  • Select the correct package sizes. Carefully count ounces to be at or under the maximum amount printed on your check.
  • WIC foods cannot be returned to the store for credit or cash or exchanged for other items.
  • Be polite to the cashier.

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What to bring to the grocery store.

  • WIC Program Booklet
  • WIC Checks
  • Photo Identification/WIC Program Identification Card

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Topeka, KS 66612

www.kansaswic.org

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