The following materials represent information about the WIC food packages prior to the 10/01/09 implementation of new regulations. Click here for information about the new food packages.
Frequently Asked WIC Food Package Questions
Fruit drinks are not WIC-eligible. Federal regulations specify that juices authorized for use in the WIC Program must be 100 percent fruit and/or vegetable juice. Juices must also contain 30 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 milliliters of juice. State agencies are responsible for determining the brands and types of WIC-eligible juice approved for use on its State food list.
The Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture does not keep a list of all juices that meet the Federal requirements. The types and brands of juice offered vary from state to state. State agency contact information.
Calcium-fortified juice that meets the minimum Federal requirements for a WIC-eligible juice (100 percent fruit/vegetable juice that contains 30 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 milliliters of juice) is WIC-eligible. It may be used for the fruit/vegetable juice component of the WIC food packages up to the maximum quantities for juice. WIC State agencies have the option of approving calcium-fortified juice for inclusion on their lists of approved WIC juices, as they do with other WIC-eligible foods. State agencies are encouraged to develop policies and procedures for local agencies to follow when issuing calcium-fortified juice.