What are some WIC-eligible foods?


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Foods eligible for the federal Women, Infants and Children nutrition program include milk, cheese, infant formula and breakfast cereal. Each state determines which foods are WIC-eligible under its program, and states don't have to provide all the federally approved foods, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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The federal government restricts the nutritional content of WIC-eligible items, explains the USDA. For instance, the program allows only unsweetened juice and whole-wheat or whole-grain bread. While the WIC program allows most types of milk and cheese, drinkable yogurts and yogurts with mixed-in additions such as granola are not eligible.

Most dry or canned beans and peas are WIC-eligible, as long as the items don't contain added meat or sugar. Soups are not WIC-eligible, even if they contain beans. The USDA requires states to offer fresh fruits and vegetables, and it mandates that participants can choose organic options if they are available. States have the option to offer canned, frozen and dried fruits, but the USDA doesn't require it. Prepared items that contain fruit, such as muffins, are not WIC-eligible, explains the USDA.

Prepared baby foods, including fruits, vegetables and meats, are WIC-eligible with some restrictions. All baby food varieties must contain no added sugar or salt, although meats can include broth or gravy, notes the USDA.

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