WIC FOods & Formulas

Find everything you need to know about DC WIC approved foods.

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THE DC WIC APPROVED FOOD LISTS

WIC FOODS

  • WIC food packages contain healthy foods but not all foods needed for a healthy diet - eat WIC foods together with other healthy foods. Packages for Women, Infants, and Children add important nutrients to the diet.

  • Based on your status (pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding, infant, or child), WIC food packages offer:
    * Breakfast cereal (hot or cold)
    * Canned fish: tuna, mackerel, sardines, salmon
    * Dairy: milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu
    * 100% Juice: bottled, frozen concentrate
    * Legumes: beans, lentils, and peanut butter
    * Whole grains: bread, tortillas, pasta, rice, oats, barley
    * Fruits and vegetables: fresh, frozen, canned, dried
    * Infant formula
    * Infant food fruits, vegetables, and cereals


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Submit A Product

To submit a product for the DC WIC APL please take pictures of the following product information:

  • UPC code

  • Main label which includes brand name + package size

  • Nutrition Facts label (if applicable)

  • Ingredients list (if applicable)

  • Email pictures to info.vendor@dc.gov

WIC Approved Food Labels
Pregnant women eating healthy

The DC WIC approved food list includes more than 10,000 products!

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WIC Formulas

Ordering Special Formulas

  • This list shows approved pharmacy locations where benefits for special formulas (i.e., Nutramigen, Neosure) and medical foods (i.e., Pediasure, Boost) can be used.
    Remember to shop for special formulas at least 2 days before the benefits expire.

  • How to order special formulas for home delivery:

    1. Call one of the pharmacies that offers home delivery at least 4 days before your benefits expire 
    2. When leaving a voicemail, be sure to include: your name, a brief message about your formula order, and a call back number
    3. Phone Hours:
    Tricare: Mondays, Wednesdays, and/or Thursdays 
    New Hampshire Medical Supply: Monday - Friday (9a-6p) and Saturday (9a-3p)

    Note: - Tricare delivers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 
    NH Medical Supply delivers Monday through Saturday

Formula Substitutions

Can't Find Your WIC Formula? If you're having trouble finding the WIC formula listed on your benefits, here are some things you can do:

  • Print out or open the formula substitution chart on your phone

  • At the store, select the available formula you want to purchase then call your WIC clinic – they will change the benefits on your card to the formula you have chosen. Proceed to checkout after the benefits have been updated. Please do not call the clinic while you are in line or at the register.

    You don't have to return to the WIC clinic to get the formula on your benefits changed, WIC staff can do this over the phone.

  • You may always call the store you plan on shopping from to ask about formula that is in-stock before heading over to make your purchase. If you speak to the store manager, they might allow you to request a specific formula and even hold it for you, but DC WIC cannot guarantee that.

    Note: if the formula on your benefits is available, then you should purchase that formula.

Learn more about how to view your family balance and handle issues with your eWIC card here:

Formula Substitute Chart

Formula Substitute Chart

Formula Substitute Chart (PDF)
(Valid through October 31s, 2022)

PLEASE DO NOT:

  • Give your infant cow's milk, goat's milk, or other milk substitutes

  • Water down formula to try to stretch out the contents

  • Give your infant a formula made for toddlers, as toddlers' nutritional needs vary from those of infant

  • Feed your infant homemade formula

DC WIC and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) advise against the actions listed above.