The Texas WIC Nutrition program food packages were target of several changes in October 1st, 2009. The changes made to them included things like addition of new foods as well as changing some of the current approved food items.

To align the food packages with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and current infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, they added some food items and eliminated others from their approved food lists. Here is a summary of the Texas WIC Food Packages: 

To align with national dietary recommendations:

They increased the fiber foods by adding:

  • fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables,
  • whole grain bread, oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat tortillas and corn

Another requirement was the reduction of saturated fats and cholesterol. To achieve this, they reduced the amount of

  • milk (only low ft milk was allowed for women and children of age 2 and older)
  • eggs
  • cheese

Infants are now introduced to infant cereal at a later age

Infant foods including fruits, meats and vegetables were added

The infant juices were eliminated. 

For a better promotion and support for breast feeding women

Wic program now provide breastfeeding support and breast pumps, when needed

Only for women who are breastfeeding:

  •   the amount of food was increased
  •   salmon was added to the approved food lists

Only for infants who are breastfed:

  •   fruits and vegetables for infants were increased
  •   infant meats were added

To accommodate the cultural food preferences, tofu and soy milk was included as an option to regular milk

Food packages available in the Texas WIC Program:

Breastfed Infants

6 months to 11 months

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables

64 – 4ounce containers

Infant meats

31 – 2.5 ounce containers

   

Formula Fed Infants

0 to 5 months

Formula

Amount varies

6 months to 11 months

Infant cereal

24 ounces

Infant fruits and vegetables

32 – 4 ounce containers

   

Children 12 to 23 Months

Milk (whole only)

3 gallons and 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (64 ounces fluid or 16 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans

1 pound

Peanut butter

None

Fruits and vegetables

$6

Whole grains

2 pounds

   

Children 2 Years and Older

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

3 gallons and 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (64 ounces fluid or 16 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans or peanut butter

1 pound or 18 ounces

Fruits and vegetables

$6

Whole grains

2 pounds

   

Post Partum and Some Breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

3 gallons & 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

2 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans or Peanut Butter

1 pound or 18 ounces

Fruits & Vegetables

$10.00

Whole Grains

None

   

Pregnant and mostly breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

4 1/2 gallon & 1 quart

Cheese

1 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

1 dozen

Beans and peanut butter

1 pound and 18 ounces

Fruits and vegetables

$10

Whole grains

1 pound

   

Exclusively Breastfeeding

Milk (fat-free, 1/2%, 1%, or 2%)

5 gallon and 1 quart

Cheese

2 pound

Cereal

36 ounces

Juice (48 ounces fluid or 12 ounces frozen)

3 containers

Eggs

2 dozen

Beans and peanut butter

1 pound and 18 ounces

Tuna or salmon

30 ounces

Fruits and vegetables

$10

Whole grains

1 pound

Last update: March 27, 2012

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