WIC Program Illinois Authorized WIC Food List DHS - 4207

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services


Grains Group

100% Whole Wheat Bread- 16 oz loaf

Wonder, Aunt Millie's, Weight Watchers, Butternut, Nature's Own, Pepperidge Farm, Healthy Life, Bimbo, Store Brand,

Bunny, Sara Lee, Roman Meal, Village Hearth 

Brown Rice- 16 oz


Soft Corn Tortillas- 16 oz

Chi Chi's, Mission, Azteca, Don Pancho, La Burrita, La Banderita, Carlita, Pepito, Guerrero, Santa Fe, Don Marcos, Store Brand

Oatmeal- 16 oz 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 Group

Milk - Least Expensive Brand

Fat Free/Skim, Reduced Fat/2%, Light/Lowfat/1%, Whole

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 Group

Dry Beans, Peas & Lentils- 16 oz

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- 5 oz

Chunk Light Tuna (water or oil packed), Pink Salmon

Not Allowed:

Lunch Kit tuna or pouches

Baby Meats- 2.5 oz

Plain with broth or gravy, Beech Nut, Store Brand, Gerber

Not Allowed:

Organic, meat sticks

Set a good example for your children-eat well, exercise and avoid harmful substances like drugs, tobacco and alcohol!

Fruit & Vegetable Group


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


Fruits & Vegetables

Any variety fresh fruit or vegetables Orange yams and sweet potatoes are allowed.

Not Allowed:

Dried fruits or vegetables, Herbs or spices, Potatoes, 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 (no potatoes), 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)

Choose containers that say:

"In its own juice",  "In pear juice from concentrate", "In unsweetened pineapple juice", "Naturally sweet", "100% pure fruit and juice"

"100% natural", "No sugar added", "Unsweetened"


Any brand, size, container type plain vegetables, plain vegetable mixtures (no potatoes), tomato products (crushed, whole,

puree, sauce) Regular, low sodium

Not allowed:

Potatoes, 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)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender, identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html,or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4207 (R-10-13) WIC Program Illinois Authorized WIC Food List Printed by authority of the state of Illinois 400,000 copies P.O.# 14-0611