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Changes to the California WIC Program

On September 29, 2012 the Governor's Office signed Assembly Bill 2322 into law affecting the California Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) which took effect immediately.

For more information, please read Regulatory Alert 2012-01

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 Regulatory Bulletin 2015-02: Adoption of WIC Authorized Food List Amendment 

The WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (WAFL SG) is the official document that outlines the foods authorized by the California WIC Program. The WAFL SG will be reviewed and revised as needed. A new WAFL SG will go into effect on March 28, 2016 and the current July 5, 2011 WAFL SG will remain in effect until March 27, 2016.  All Food Instruments (FIs) include a statement on the "What to Buy" line that states "Use July 5, 2011 WAFL Shopping Guide." 

          WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - Effective July 5, 2011 (PDF, English, 2.8MB) Opens a new browser window...Spanish (2.8MB)

                  Potato Flyer/WIC Identification Folder (WIF) Insert     Spanish              

                  Fresh Potatoes Flyer (PDF, English)     Spanish 

           Frequently Asked Questions about the Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (PDF) Opens a new browser window

           Sample Check (PDF)Opens a new browser window            

Coming Soon

 Linked below is the new WAFL SG that will go into effect on March 28, 2016.  FIs printed on or after that date will include on their "What to Buy" line a statement instructing participants and vendors to "Use the March 28, 2016 WAFL Shopping Guide."

     WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - effective March 28, 2016  (PDF, English)   Spanish

Food List Database

  • Helpful Information

  • Interim Final Rule - USDA Food and Nutrition ServicesOpens a new browser window
  • CWA New Food Package Information  
  • Supervisor's Guide to the New Food Package (PDF)Opens a new browser window
  • USDA WICWorks Learning Center New Food Package Resource CenterOpens a new browser window
  • Comments

    Email your comments or questions to WICFoods@cdph.ca.gov



    Last modified on: 2/4/2016 12:21 PM