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Illinois WIC Approved Foods

Below is a list of Illinois WIC approved foods. When you go shopping at a grocery store remember to bring your WIC ID folder along with your checks/vouchers or your eWIC card, depending on what the state gives you. You also should bring the Illinois approved WIC food list brochure which you can view below or download here. This will help you determine what items you can purchase. If you do not see the food item you are looking to purchase with your Illinois WIC benefits or have additional questions or issues, then we suggest contacting your local WIC clinic.

Grains Group
100% Whole Wheat Bread - 16oz loaf

Whole Wheat Pasta (any shape) - 16oz
Hodgson Mill Racconto

Not Allowed:
Vegetable pastas

Brown Rice - 16oz

Soft Corn Tortillas - 16oz
Chi Chi's, Mission, Azteca, Don Pancho, La Burrita, La Banderita, Carlita, Pepito, Guerrero, Santa Fe, Don Marcos, Store Brand

Oatmeal - 16oz
Old Fashioned, Traditional, Quick-Cook, Rolled Oats (no flavors added)

Cereal - Store Brands
Bran Flakes, Shredded Wheat (plain or frosted), Toasted Oats

National Brands
Alpha-Bits, Corn Flakes, Scooby Doo, Corn Chex (gluten free), Kix (plain & honey), Rice Chex (gluten free), Grapenuts, Complete Bran Flakes (wheat), Grapenut Flakes, Cream of Wheat (whole grain), Life (plain), Original Malt-o-Meal, Rice Krispies (original), Mini-Spooners (frosted, blueberry, strawberry cream), Quaker Oatmeal Squares (brown sugar or cinnamon)

Cheerios (plain, dulce de leche, multi-grain)

Infant Cereal
Rice, oatmeal, barley or mixed grain, Beech Nut, Store Brand, Gerber

Not Allowed:
Organic, cereals with added formula, fruit, protein, DHA


Milk - Least Expensive Brand
Fat Free/Skim, Whole, Light/Lowfat/1%

Not Allowed:
Flavored or chocolate, buttermilk, rice, goat milk or shelf stable

Only Allowed when printed on Food Instrument:
Half Gallons, Quarts, Lactose Free, Instant Nonfat Dry, Soy Milk, 8th Continent (original or vanilla), Silk (original)

Cheese - Least Expensive Brand
Natural Cheddar, Provolone, Colby, Muenster, Monterey Jack, Swiss, Mozzarella, Mixtures of cheese listed (Co-Jack)

The above types are also allowed in:
low sodium, low fat, low cholesterol

Not Allowed:
Cheese food, spread, product or imitation, added flavors or ingredients, individually wrapped slices, shredded

Infant Formula
As written on Food Instrument

Meat and Beans

Dry Beans, Peas & Lentils - 16oz

Canned Mature Beans
Examples include but not limited to:

Black-eyed peas, Garbanzo (chickpeas), Great northern, Kidney, Black, Navy, Pinto, Refried, Red, Lima

Not Allowed:
Soups of any kind, canned green beans, wax beans, snap beans or green peas, seasonings added fats, meats or oils

Peanut Butter - Least Expensive Brand
Plain, smooth, creamy, crunchy or chunky. All types allowed in low sodium

Not Allowed:
Added jelly, jam, honey, marshmallow, or any other combinations, imitation or peanut spread

Eggs - 1 dozen Least Expensive Brand
Grade A or AA Large

Canned Fish - 5oz
Chunk Light Tuna (water or oil packed), Pink Salmon

Not Allowed:
Lunch Kit tuna or pouches

Baby Meats - 2.5oz
Plain with broth or gravy, Beech Nut, Store Brand, Gerber

Not Allowed:
Organic, meat sticks

Fruit & Vegetables

Juices, Baby Fruits & Vegetables

Juice Unsweetened 100% Juice
Must have 120% or more daily vitamin C

Apple, Grapefruit, Orange, Orange-Grapefruit, Pineapple, Grape, Tomato, Vegetable (all flavors except Splash & V-Fusion), Dole 100% Juice (all flavors), Nestle's Juicy Juice (all flavors), Old Orchard (all flavors), Welch's 100% Juice (all flavors)

Not Allowed:
Hi-C drinks, fruit or juice drinks, cocktails, juice boxes or organic

Only allowed
when printed on Food Instrument: single serving cans

For those who do not want ready-to-drink juice convert as follows:

48oz = one 12oz frozen concentrate

Baby Fruits & Vegetables
4 oz plain fruits, plain vegetables or a combination of 2 or more plain fruits or vegetables

Beech Nut, Gerber, Store brand

Not Allowed:
Desserts, mixed dinners, no added starches, cereals, DHA or organic, pouches

Fresh Fruits & Vegetables

Fruits & Vegetables
Any variety fresh fruit or vegetables

Not Allowed:
Dried fruits or vegetables, Herbs or spices, Fruit-nut mixtures, Salad bar items, Fruit baskets or party trays

No added sugars, fats or oils


Any brand with no added sugar Any variety or mixture of fruits

Not allowed:
Ingredients other than fruit (including sugar)

Any brand, size, package type, Plain vegetables, plain vegetable, mixtures, Regular, low sodium

Not Allowed:
French fries, hash browns, tater tots, other shaped potatoes, products with sauce, seasoned, flavored or breaded, mixtures with added pasta, rice or other grains


Any brand, size, container type. Plain fruit, plain fruit mixture packed in water or juice. Applesauce (no sugar added or unsweetened only)

Any brand, size, container type plain vegetables, plain vegetable mixtures, tomato products (crushed, whole,puree, sauce) Regular, low sodium

Not allowed:
Pasta, rice or other grains added fats, oils or condiments tomato products with sugars, fats, oils or meats, soups, ketchup, relishes, olives, creamed or pickled vegetables (for example: creamed corn, sauerkraut)

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