WIC Foods and COVID-19


WIC has expanded the list of approved foods to offer a greater selection of options for families in response to the short supply of food on shelves during the coronavirus public health crisis. 


The expanded food options include new brands, package sizes, and flavors. You can find the list of food options here


You can buy a variety of foods such as eggs, yogurt, milk, cheese, cereal, beans, legumes, peanut butter, 100% fruit juice, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, infant foods and organic food options. The foods you receive are based on what is included in your WIC food package.



The California WIC App


California WIC App and WIC Card

Before you go shopping for your WIC foods, follow these steps:

  • Download the FREE California WIC App for iPhone or Android phones.
  • Register your WIC Card in the California WIC App.
  • Have your phone and your WIC Card ready to shop.

You may also use the WIC Shopping Guide in English or Spanish.


You can use your California WIC App to:

  • Scan UPC barcodes on food items
  • Confirm other food options from the expanded list
  • Check your food balance 
  • Check when your WIC benefits expire
  • Find WIC approved stores

 



If you need help downloading the California WIC App, here are some instructions:  

  • Guide on setting up the California WIC App iPhone | Android
  • Guía de configuración de la aplicacion de WIC California iPhone | Android



Shopping For Your WIC Foods



When shopping for your food items, follow these steps:

  1. Look for WIC foods from your food balance in your California WIC App or Shopping Guide.
  2. If these foods are unavailable, you have two options: 
    • Use your UPC scanner in the California WIC App to scan a temporary food option from the expanded list.
    • Use the information on the Find Your WIC Foods flyer to purchase another food item option.

Find Your WIC Foods Flyer

If you are using remaining checks to purchase your WIC foods, follow these steps:

  1. Look for your WIC foods as shown on your paper check and the Shopping Guide.
  2. If these foods are unavailable, use the Find Your WIC Foods flyer to help you purchase another food option.

Remember to always look for your regular food items from your WIC food balance first. You may purchase a temporarily approved food item if it is listed on the expanded list or on the Find Your WIC Foods flyer if you cannot find your regular WIC food items.


How To Use Your WIC Card


Learn how to shop with your WIC card. Watch the video below and test your WIC Card knowledge by completing this short quiz.


Note: If you are a WIC participant, you can give your completed quiz to your WIC staff.

English Video


Spanish Video

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