Extension for Substitutions to WIC Approved Foods

To support our WIC community, Texas WIC is again extending the temporary lifting of restrictions for some food categories. The flexibilities, which were previously extended through June 30, 2020, have now been extended through July 31, 2020. These flexibilities should be utilized only when prescribed food items are unavailable. The temporary WIC food substitutions are listed below.

Temporary Flexibilities Extended Through July 31, 2020

Fluid Milk. Participants issued fat-free, 1/2% or 1% milks are able to also purchase 2% milk and low-fat/non-fat options, including calcium-fortified, high-protein, organic, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and omega-3 milks. Flavored milk is not allowed.

Participants issued whole milk are able to also purchase whole milk options that include calcium-fortified, high-protein, organic, DHA and omega-3 milks. Flavored milk is not allowed.

Whole-Wheat Bread. Participants are allowed to substitute whole-wheat bread in packages up to 24 ounces when 16-ounce packages are unavailable.

Eggs. Participants are allowed to substitute an 18-count carton of eggs when a 12-count carton is unavailable. Texas WIC has also temporarily lifted the restrictions on brown, pasture-raised, free-range and organic eggs.

Whole-Wheat Pasta. Participants are allowed to substitute any brand of 16-ounce whole-wheat pasta.

Brown Rice. Participants are allowed to substitute any brand of 16-ounce brown rice.

Vendors should download the Authorized Product List (APL) to ensure your systems will download the most up-to-date APL correctly. If you experience an issue, please email the label — displaying the brand name, size and UPC bar code — to [email protected] for addition to the APL.

Vendor Management and Operations will continue to monitor and provide updates as necessary and is ready to assist should you have any questions about this Vendor News Flash. Please contact the Vendor Outreach Branch at [email protected] or
800-252-9629.

Thank you,

Vendor Management and Operations
Texas WIC Program
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