WIC Authorized Foods and Shopping Guide
The WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide (Shopping Guide) outlines the foods authorized by CDPH/WIC in WIC Bulletin Regulations, sections 82000-83000. It is an educational document for participants and WIC authorized vendors to use at the grocery store to know which foods to buy/sell using WIC food instruments (FIs), also known as checks or vouchers.
The current Shopping Guide became effective April 2, 2019. The Shopping Guide is reviewed and revised as needed.
Note: All paper FIs printed on or after April 2, 2019 include a statement on the "What to Buy" line that states, "Use April 2, 2019 WAFL Shopping Guide."
WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - April 2, 2019 (Revised) - English (PDF)
WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - April 2, 2019 (Revised) - Spanish (PDF)
Major Food Changes for April 2, 2019 (PDF)
Contract Infant Formula Flyer - English (PDF)
Contract Infant Formula Flyer - Spanish (PDF)
March 28, 2016 Shopping Guide
The March 28, 2016 Shopping Guide will still be used for paper FIs printed before April 2, 2019. Refer to the "What to Buy" line on the check to see which Shopping Guide to use.
If you are having difficulty accessing the WIC
Authorized Food List Shopping Guide, please contact CDPH at WICFoods@cdph.ca.gov to request this
information in an alternate format.
WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - March 28, 2016 - English (PDF)
WIC Authorized Food List Shopping Guide - March 28, 2016 - Spanish (PDF)
WAFL SG FAQ (PDF)
Sample Check (PDF)
Juice Vitamin C Front Label Change - February 1, 2018 – English (PDF)
Juice Vitamin C Front Label Change - February 1, 2018 – Spanish (PDF)
A WIC participant may have a medical condition and need therapeutic formula that is not a WIC contract formula. Therapeutic formulas should be covered by the WIC participant’s health plan when the clinician provides adequate medical justification. Should a WIC participant be denied therapeutic formula coverage by his or her health plan (Medi-Cal or other health insurance), the WIC Program may provide the therapeutic formula. For more information:
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