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WIC FOODS & FORMULAS

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. Supplemental food packages may include the following foods in the chart below.

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WIC Foods

Participants should use the food list in their WIC ID folder, linked below, when shopping for food at the store. 

DC WIC will print a new Approved Foods List in the summer of 2022!

DC WIC has a NEW Food List!

Use the following documents in addition to the food list found in your current WIC ID Folder:

You can find all of the old and new WIC-approved items in one stop at WIC Shopper (English and Espanol):

Formula Substitutions

Click image to open the Formula Substitute Chart (Valid through August 31, 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. 

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:

  1. Print out or open the formula substitution chart on your phone 

  2. 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. ​

  3. 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:

DC eWIC Cards

DC WIC Approved Foods

The DC WIC Approved Food List includes more than 10,000 products!

 

If you want to submit a product for the DC WIC APL please take pictures of the following product information:

1. UPC code 

2. Main label which includes brand name + package size

3. Nutrition Facts label (if applicable)

4. Ingredients list (if applicable)

And email to info.vendor@dc.gov

How Do I Mix My Baby's Formula?

Guidance on selecting, mixing, and storing infant formula safely. 

In English                             En Espanol 

WIC Formulas

DC WIC Approved Formula Listing 

This listing is an easy to read, 2-page abbreviated listing of all DC WIC-approved formulas.

DC WIC Medical Prescription Form 

This form needs to be completed and submitted with all requests for special formulas and medical foods.

DC WIC Formula Guide 

Contains detailed information on all DC WIC-approved standard contract formulas, special formulas and medical foods.  

Ordering Special Formulas / DC WIC Pharmacy Listing

This list shows approved pharmacy locations where benefits for special formulas and medical foods can be used. 

When ordering special formulas for delivery from

Tricare Medical or New Hampshire Medical Supply:

1. Call at least 2 days before your benefits expire

    

2. When leaving a voicemail, be sure to include:

     -  Your name and a brief message about your formula order

     - A call back number 

 

3. Phone Hours

- Tricare returns calls on Mondays, Wednesdays,

     and/or Thursdays

- New Hampshire Medical Supply is available by phone  Monday - Friday (9a-6p) and Saturday (9a-3p)

 

Of Note:

- Tricare delivers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays

- NH Medical Supply delivers Monday through Saturday 

Whole Grains
Yogurt
Canned Fish
Cheese
Tofu
Dried Beans
Jarred Baby Food
Juice
Fruits
Infant Cereal
Cereal
Eggs
Peanut Butter
Vegetables
Iron-Fortified Infant Formula
Exclusively Breastfeeding Food Package:
Save $75
a month!!
To meet your baby's full nutritional needs you only need to spend $7 more each month!
Mostly Breastfeeding Food Package: 
Save $54
a month!!
To meet your baby's full nutritional needs you only need to spend $26 more each month!

In addition, infants receive iron fortified formula.

0-1 month: 1 can          

2-3 months: up to 4 cans

4-5 months: up to 5 cans

6+ months: up to 4 cans

Some Breastfeeding / Non Breastfeeding Food Package:
Save $41
a month!!
To meet your baby's full nutritional needs you only need to spend $115 more each month!

In addition, infants receive iron fortified formula.

0-1 month: 5-9 cans         

2-3 months: 6-10 cans

4-5 months: 6-10 cans

6+ months: 5-7 cans

Save $41
a month!!