WIC Food Packages

Last Modified: 10/06/2014

The WIC food packages provide supplemental foods designed to meet the special nutritional needs of low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, non-breastfeeding postpartum women, infants and children up to five years of age who are at nutritional risk. WIC food packages and nutrition education are the chief means by which WIC affects the dietary quality and habits of participants. You can read a brief history of the WIC food packages at Background: Revisions to the WIC Food Package.

New food packages are now being provided to WIC participants in all States.  On December 6, 2007, an interim rule revising the WIC food packages was published in the Federal Register. The new food packages align with the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and infant feeding practice guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. The food packages better promote and support the establishment of successful, long-term breastfeeding, provide WIC participants with a wider variety of foods including fruits and vegetables and whole grains, and provide WIC State agencies greater flexibility in prescribing food packages to accommodate the cultural food preferences of WIC participants.  An interim rule allows the Food and Nutrition Service to obtain feedback on the revisions while allowing implementation to move forward. The interim rule comment period ended on February 1, 2010. FNS reviewed and analyzed over 7500 comment letters.  A final rule is currently in clearance.

Comments: All comments submitted electronically via Regulations.gov can be viewed on Regulations.gov (see instructions below). 

To view comments on Regulations.gov:

Go to www.regulations.gov

Click on "Read Comments" at the top of the screen.

Enter keyword or ID:  FNS-2006-0037 (may also search by submitter ID).  Click on "Search."

Note:  Postings with the title "Comment FR Doc # E7-23033" should be disregarded.   These are attachments to comment letters, which are also included with the individual comment to which it was attached.  Due to a system error, these attachments appear both with the comment letter and separately. 

Maximum monthly allowances of WIC supplemental foods in the new WIC food packages

Regulatory Requirements for WIC-Eligible Foods in the new WIC food packages

Links to State Agency WIC Program Approved Food Lists

Breastfeeding Food Package Guidance

Information for Food Manufacturers